Boston cross-country team hit by thieves during Spokane trip

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 9:23 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Thieves got away with money and personal items of a Division II NCAA Cross Country athletes who traveled to Spokane to compete in a championship.

The team rented a van after getting into town from Stone Hill College in Boston. The thieves made off with thousands of dollars worth of stuff belonging to the team, including their IDs, cell phones, wallets and purses. It appears the van’s key hole was popped out and it allowed thieves to get into the vehicle.

The van was parked in the parking lot of the Plantes Ferry Athletic Complex. The Commissioner of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Dave Haglund estimates the loss is over $2,000. Tournament organizers have now hired extra security to man the premises.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. 

The team’s coach said the school mailed the team all of the essentials they were robbed of.  Airport security also told the coach they will work with them to get home without their identification.

The victims said they did not want donations, just the support from the Spokane community at the race Saturday morning.
 

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