The Springboro Panthers football team were scheduled to take the field Friday night minus a member of the starting lineup sidelined by a school suspension and police investigation.
On Friday, police continued to investigate alleged thefts of cash and credit cards from from teammates’ lockers at CareFlight Field, the football stadium in Springboro.
Police Chief Jeff Kruithoff said detectives wanted to review video from the Walmart store where one of the credit cards was allegedly used before consulting with prosecutors.
The 17-year-old player was suspended Thursday, officials said.
“He’s out indefinitely while we evaluate the situation,” Springboro Athletic Director Matt Louis said.
On Friday, the school district released a statement from Superintendent Todd Petrey to district teachers and staff: “As an educator, I want to remind everyone that we all make mistakes, but our mistakes do not define us. Our students should be reminded of this.
“For whatever reason, our school district has a high profile and a story like this makes the news. But there is little that can be said at this point. Let’s keep our focus on our students, their achievements and this outstanding district. When relevant information is publicly available, we will share that with our district and the community,” Petrey said.
The 5-1 Panthers played Fairborn at CareFlight Field.