Police Allege Prospective UCLA Recruits Stole Jewelry And Cash From Colorado Players At Rose Bowl
The Pasadena Police Department identified the suspects after an investigation.
The case of who stole the Colorado Buffaloes’ jewelry may be coming to a close. Last month, the Colorado football team coached by Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders reported that several players from the team had their chains stolen from the visitors’ locker room at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, home to the UCLA Bruins.
The theft allegedly occurred during the game in which the Bruins emerged victorious. The Pasadena Police Department started an investigation and identified the alleged thieves, according to USA Today.
They have been identified as prospective UCLA football recruits from a Riverside County school, Beaumont High School. The suspects are believed to have allegedly lifted jewelry and cash from the lockers of the Buffaloes’ players. Police officials did not identify the students by name, and so far, no arrests have been made. The information gathered has been given to the juvenile division of the local district attorney’s office.
The theft took place on Oct. 28.
“We are disappointed and disheartened to hear of the alleged involvement of Beaumont High School students in the incident at the UCLA-Colorado football game on October 28,” the Beaumont Unified School District said in a written statement. “We strive to promote strong character and integrity in our students, and the alleged actions do not represent our core values as a school, District, and community. While the students were not at the UCLA-Colorado football game as part of a school-sponsored event, the District is cooperating fully with Pasadena Police Department’s investigation.”
Police officials have confirmed previously that some of the jewelry was returned, and the investigation is ongoing.
Officials from UCLA Athletics also released a statement saying that the students were not on an “official” recruiting visit.
“As this is still an ongoing investigation, we cannot confirm anything other than that the individuals in question were not on an official visit,” the school said.
After the robbery, Sanders suggested that the school and/or the stadium reimburse the athletes whose possessions were stolen.