Thieves steal hundreds from ticket cash box at Florida basketball game

Thieves steal hundreds from ticket cash box at Florida basketball game

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Thieves steal hundreds from ticket cash box at Florida basketball game

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A pair of thieves robbed the ticket booth at a high school basketball game in Central Florida (Photo: WKMG)

A pair of thieves robbed the ticket booth at a high school basketball game in Central Florida (Photo: WKMG)

Two Florida thieves are getting an early start on earning their holiday “hearts made of coal” for the 2016 holiday season thanks to a brazen robbery at a high school basketball game.

As reported by Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG, a pair of high school basketball fans attended a game at Edgewood Junior Senior High School, where they paid for a pair of tickets and entered the midseason contest. During the game, the pair returned to the entrance and told the ticket taker they were at the wrong game and demanded a refund. When the clerk questioned their wrong game claim, the pair or robbers instead stole all the money from the cash box — totaling some $300 — and took off running.

“The clerk did everything she was suppose to do, she was a good witness and was able to help investigators with a good description,” Brevard County Sheriff’s Department Corporal Dave Jacobs told WKMG. … “Not a lot of conversation occurred, there was no weapon displayed or mentioned or anything like that. He just took the money and ran.”

Jacobs and his colleagues are looking for the robbers, but admit that their search may not yield positive results because it is likely the pair are not from the area.

Rather, the robbery may be the start of a more disappointing trend in Central Florida: Armed officers at all high school sporting events.

“I hate to have to start seeing armed police officers, deputy sheriffs at all our games but it seems like it’s kind of getting to that point these days,” said parent Ed Shinski, who attended the game.

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