LORANGER, La. – The Bogalusa community was over the moon to travel to Loranger High School Friday night for the team’s second year in a row to perform in the playoffs.
“Those young men were so happy to get to the playoffs. It was a hard season, but they got there,” said Tiffany Bullard, who has a sophomore on the team.
In the end, the Lumberjacks lost to the Wolves, but the away team got hit with a much more serious loss when they returned to their locker room.
“All of the boys’ devices got stolen,” said parent of two players, Ruthie King, “iPhones, iPads and Beats headphones.”
The Bogalusa players had their locker room set up in Loranger’s gym. That’s where at least a dozen players say they left the thousands of dollars worth of electronics during the game.
Bullard said, “I was hurt, for one, I know the kids were not happy as well. You just couldn’t believe that someone would go that far to go into a locker room to steal from these kids. A room where they thought that everything, their stuff, was safe.”
Loranger High School officials reported the theft to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office that night and the superintendent said he expects “appropriate action to be taken by the district and law enforcement” when the suspects are caught.
Bogalusa school leaders say they’ve been pleased with the response and parents are hopeful their students’ belongings will be returned.
But many say this unfortunate incident should be a lesson to all schools about security, even after hours.
If you have any tips on this theft, call Tangipahoa Crimestoppers at 1-800-554-JAIL.