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Police: No forced entry into burglarized Iowa locker room (update)

[ 0 ] September 16, 2013 |

Whoever stole cell phones and $50 in cash from nine members of the Iowa football team and staff Saturday night may have had credentialed access to the locker room, an Iowa State University police investigator said Monday.

“There was no forced entry,” captain Darin Van Ryswyk said in a telephone interview.

Police are releasing few details of the robbery, which was reported at 8:43 p.m., 23 minutes after Iowa returned to the locker room following a 27-21 victory against Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium.

“There’s a lot of questions right now,” said Van Ryswyk, who added that there were no suspects.

Nine individuals reported personal items that were missing from the visiting locker room area, north and adjacent to the sold-out stadium.

Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard met with Iowa athletic director Gary Barta and head coach Kirk Ferentz, expressing regret to them upon learning of the robbery, according to an Iowa State press release.

The release added that if the culprit isn’t caught, the Iowa State athletic department “will reimburse those who suffered losses.”

Contemporary Services Corporation oversees security of the visiting locker room area during games. Proper credentials are required for admittance. There were no surveillance cameras in the area.

“We spoke to security … and they said procedure was followed,” Van Ryswyk said. “It seems like we have counterfeit tickets for every game. Did someone counterfeit a pass for access to the locker room?”

Bob Swanson, branch manager for the Des Moines office of Contemporary Services Corp., didn’t return the Register’s phone call Monday.

Van Ryswyk said investigators are compiling a list of everyone with access to the Iowa locker room. This includes reporters, members of the Iowa football staff and security workers.

The crime scene was a mass of Iowa football players, coaches and staff after the game.

“It was very hectic, as you would expect in a crowded locker room,” Van Ryswyk said. “It was difficult to do a lot of investigating after the game. It’s not a scene where we can just lift fingerprints – there were so many people in the locker room.”

Van Ryswyk said a police report wasn’t immediately available, because “it’s still very germane to the investigation,” he said.

Pollard hasn’t returned messages. But the Iowa State press release said: “It is an unfortunate situation, and unusual, in that the Jacobson Athletic Building has contracted security detail on site before, during and after games. The ISU Police and the athletics department responded quickly and thoroughly when alerted to the situation, and have assured Iowa officials they are committed to seeking answers and improving security in this area.”

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