The Clarke County High School swim team’s practice was marred Thursday evening. Several of the team’s male swimmers emerged from the water only to learn that a thief had rummaged through their belongings before absconding with wallets, money and other valuables.
“All of the male members had their belongings gone through and multiple valuables and money stolen while at practice in Strasburg,” said Jason Poteat, the father of a swim team member. “The theft was reported to the Strasburg police and the investigation is on-going.”
Because Clarke County does not have an indoor swimming facility, the CCHS swim team exhibits admirable dedication by making multiple bus trips each week after school to practice at the Signal Knob Recreation Center/Aquatic Facility near the intersection of US Route 66 and Route 11 in Strasburg, Virginia.
“Our kid’s personal stuff was stolen – I don’t have a list – but apparently the student belongings were not secured,” said CCPS Superintendent Dr. Michael Murphy. “Personal responsibility is an issue in an unsure world.”
Murphy said that CCPS staff called local police when the theft was discovered. A local police report was filed and parents of the swim team members who lost possession were contacted.
And, of course, the time spent reporting the incident to Strasburg police resulted in delaying the entire swim team from leaving the pool on-time and causing the transport bus to arrive back home late.
Murphy confirmed that Strasburg police are investigating the incident.
“This type of situation happens very seldom,” Dr. Murphy said “Unfortunately, it happened last night.”