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Burglars hit N.C. Central's locker room during game

9/24/2006 - College Football

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Burglars hit North Carolina Central
University's locker room during the football team's game against
Southern University.

"They just beat a very good football team. They
should be excited, instead they are disappointed."
-- North Carolina Central SID Kyle Serba

Sneakers, money, football rings and electronics were taken from
the facility, located about a fourth of a mile from A.W. Mumford
Stadium, said Kyle Serba, sports information director for North
Carolina Central.

The thefts occurred at some point during the game, which started
at 6 p.m. and ended about 9 p.m.

"We were told by Southern University that the locker room was
going to be secure," Serba said. "I don't see how this could have
happened."

Southern Chancellor Edward Jackson said the university's police
officers will work until they "get it resolved." No suspects were
reported.

Jackson added that the locker room burglary should not reflect
poorly on the university's efforts to increase security in and
directly surrounding Mumford Stadium.

Southern University officials decided more than a week ago to
increase security at its home football games in light of a shooting
across the street from the stadium that left a 59-year-old Port
Allen man dead. The shooting happened off-campus at a credit union
during Southern's first home football game.

Everyone who walks into the stadium must pass through metal
detectors while their bags and purses are searched. The new
measures also eliminate tailgating in the stadium's south end zone.

North Carolina Central beat Southern 27-20.

"They just beat a very good football team," Serba said. "They
should be excited, instead they are disappointed."