Someone made off with the uniforms and gear for a Delaware County high school football team. And it's not the first time the school has been targeted.
Police are searching for the person or people responsible for stealing thousands of dollars in football equipment from a high school that has already been the target of arson and threats.
Investigators say someone stole 16 football helmets, as well as shoulder pads, medical supplies and personal equipment from the Penn Wood High School football team last Friday at the school’s Cypress Street campus in Yeadon.
“In helmets alone, we’re talking at least $3500,” said Troy Brooks, head coach of the team. “That kills our budget.”
While Brooks says the theft won’t keep his team from playing their first game on Friday, he also says it’s a demoralizing setback.
Earlier this year an arson fire closed down Penn Wood’s Green Avenue Campus. Several bomb threats were also made towards the school, as well as the Cypress Street campus.
“I don’t know why they’re attacking the school,” Brooks said. “It’s been crazy all year.”
Despite surveillance video and a reward, police have not yet made an arrest in the arson or threats.
“I don’t know who’s targeting us,” Brooks said. “And then to just come here and deliberately just steal football related items and not take anything else, just football stuff, I don’t understand it.”
If you have any information on the recent theft, arson or bomb threats, please call the Yeadon Police Department at 610-623-1500.