By Allie Thomas
Sometimes some things are too good to be true. Especially, recently in Red Lion Senior High School. Already this year, there have been 10 reported cases of theft in school locker rooms, according to Officer Mark Greenly.
But those are only the cases have been reported, many others have gone without any further investigation. Most of the objects that have been stolen in the locker rooms are money and cell phones.
Officer Greenly summed up the problem recently, “The gym classes do not line up together, so there are a minutes where some kids are in the room all alone and they’re near everyone’s stuff, so it just makes it even easier to steal something without getting caught,” he said.
Another problem with theft is sometimes the kids don’t have their - stolen but they lose it, so they report it stolen so that way they don’t get in trouble with their parents, so it becomes a case that has no thief, he said.
Greenly reports that he has caught a lot of kids in the act of stealing before. One particular time he remembers specifically was on February 26, he had heard about some kid skipping study hall and going into the boys swimming locker and stealing money. So Greenly set up a chair in the boys locker room after they all had left and waited for this thief to try to make another attempt.
Little did he know that Officer Greenly was in there waiting for him, and when he tried to go in there and steal something, Greenly caught him in the act and was able to save someone from getting money stolen.
“It’s hard to get students to confess, and that just makes the challenge even harder,” said Greenly.
Greenly recommends that students lock up valuables so that way they are not reachable. Then, the criminals have no motive for their madness.
By Rachel McKinsey
Putting locks on your locker may seem like a waste of time. Most students don’t think about their valuables getting stolen.
Many students don’t think about leaving their phones, iPods, or money in their locker or bags during the day. A simple lock on your locker could fix this problem.
Although the school has video cameras that doesn’t mean that they are always able to find out who took a students belongings. There are many times when the administration is not able to find out who took what. There are times when they are not able to identify who the person is, primarily because they aren’t allowed to have cameras in the locker rooms.
“Someone stole my shirt from me while I was at gym class, and it made me really sad because I liked that shirt,” senior Cari Landa said.
“It’s just really upsetting that people would be so inconsiderate,” said senior Caitlyn Rogers. "Not everyone thinks twice when he or she is going through someone else’s things. They just do it."
“Basically if it’s something valuable and you cherish it, keep it close to you at all times, don’t let it out of sight. If it’s something like clothing keep it locked up,” senior Katelyn Klein said.