Thousands of dollars’ worth of mobile phones and property was stolen from the men’s lacrosse team of Hartwick College as they competed at Union College Sunday.
City police are investigating the thefts, which occurred in a basement locker room in Union’s Memorial Field House some time after the team took the field around 11:30 a.m. More than a dozen cellphones, sunglasses and hundreds of dollars in cash belonging to the Hartwick team were taken from the facility before the team returned around 2 p.m.
Investigators are tracking down leads in the case, but hadn’t made an arrest as of Monday afternoon. Calls to a spokesperson for the Schenectady Police Department were not returned Monday.
Hartwick was in Schenectady along with the Albany-based College of Saint Rose in a scrimmage that was being hosted at the Union campus. Stolen from the players were at least 16 cellphones, a half-dozen pairs of headphones, two pairs of sunglasses, a watch and more than $500 in cash.
Union spokesman Phil Wadja said the building has security and the locker room that was plundered has a door that locks. He said thefts, especially ones that involve the degree of property stolen on Sunday, are very uncommon on the campus.
“We are really disappointed that this happened on our campus,” he said Monday. “We strive to be good hosts and to have something like this happen is just disheartening.”
Likewise, Hartwick officials were dismayed by the thefts. Chris Gondek, the college’s assistant director for athletic communications, offered praise, however, for the immediate attention Union officials and the Schenectady police devoted to the thefts.
“We would like to thank Union College and the local police for all of their efforts and their diligence in this matter,” he said in an email.
Players from the team took to Twitter to vent their dismay, some alerting their followers that they’d be without a phone for some time.
“No phone,” reported junior Cody Ciolino in a post, “out of commission for a while.”
Another took issue with Union, claiming the college didn’t properly lock up after the Hartwick team left the facility.
“Thank you Union for not locking our locker room and letting all of our phones get stolen,” lamented senior Giuseppe Rice in a post Sunday.