WPCNR POLICE GAZETTE. Special to the CitizeNetReporter. July 22, 2019 UPDATED 5:30 PM EDT:
At the Westchester County Center, Sunday night July 21st the New York Streets last home game for the season stalled at halftime with the playoff-bound Carolina Cobras on top 46-0.
Late Monday afternoon, Kieran O’Leary of the Westchester County Police furnished this report to WPCNR:
“Here’s what I have on the county center incidents:
Last night, at half time of the arena football game between the New York Streets and the Carolina Cobras, the visiting team reported that someone had entered their locker room and had stolen cash and a ring from multiple lockers. (The game started at 7 p.m. I am not exactly sure when half time was).
In total, about $3,000 in cash was reported stolen from various members of the visiting team.
I do not have a value on the ring that was stolen from one of the players.
The second half of the game was not played. You would need to ask representatives of the teams whether that was the result of this incident. That’s more of a football matter, not a police matter.
A similar theft occurred during a New York Streets game on July 5 at the County Center. In that incident, a member of the Streets dance team reported that someone had stolen $1,000 in cash from her bag. That bag was left unattended in a changing room (not a locker room, no lockers in there) used by the dance team. The theft was not reported until July 7.
Both of these larcenies are under investigation by Westchester County Police. There is a person of interest in this investigation that detectives are looking to speak with.
There are a few media reports out there referring to the incidents as a robbery or robberies. Just to clarify, LARCENY is the crime(s) committed here.
Security in and around the locker rooms is the responsibility of the arena football league under the contact it has with the Parks Department.”
The third quarter never started as individual players from both teams wandered back and forth from the turf and into the hallway leading to the clubhouses. After an extended time period of this agitation and movement, all players took off their helmets and along with coaching staff and left the gridiron.
This morning through a spokesperson the National Arena League issued the following statement.
During Sunday night’s Carolina Cobras vs New York Streets National Arena League game, the Cobras’ locker room was accessed and players and coaches personal items were removed without permission. Because of this, the game was halted at halftime.
Westchester County Police are working with the Streets, the Cobras and the league by reviewing security footage of the area.
New York started Quarterback Cody Williams (Assumption College). Williams is now the third player to be switched into this key position this year. Last week in Columbus, GA against the Lions, Williams was sent in for David Legree (Syracuse/Hampton). Against the fierce Carolina defense William was sacked twice but had five completed passes for 42 yards. His top target was Rob Jones (Delaware) who had two catches for 28 yards.
Carolina quarterback Charles McCullum (Stillman College) was 10 for 15, 151 passing yards with three TDs.
Streets defensive backs EJ Frain (Simon Fraser University) and Anthony Johnson accounted for 7 tackles against the Cobra scoring machine.