High school locker room theft suspect caught on camera


by Brad Woodard / KHOU 11 News


Posted on October 12, 2011 at 11:19 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 17 at 12:26 PM

HOUSTON – Surveillance video captured a man who is accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of cash and electronics from locker rooms at 16 schools. 

Most of the schools targeted have been private schools.

During the first home football game of the season, Lutheran South Academy’s locker rooms were broken into, school officials said. . 

“We just noticed our locks were on the floor, and everyone was like, 'check your phones, check your laptops.' My friends had their laptops stolen, and I looked on the shelf where my phone was and it was gone.  We were all shocked,” said Nick Baggott, a high school junior.

Investigators said thefts happen during practice or actual games while the players are on the field.

“He used bolt cutters—had them in a black bag.  Other schools I’ve talked to said he’s used the same thing,” said Rob Psencik, the athletic director at Lutheran South.

Surveillance cameras show him gaining access to the secured building, by following the dance team inside.  You can see him going into the home locker room as well as the visitors’.

“From us, he got about $15,000 worth of merchandise,” Psencik said.  “It’s kind of scary, especially how he blends.  He asked a kid, 'Where’s the locker room?',  and the kid says, 'Go on in and take a right.' He feels confident that he blends in.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Houston Police Department’s Major Offenders Division at 713-308-3100.