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Eugene Police ask for help in finding stolen jerseys

The Eugene Police Department is asking for your help in locating basketball jerseys that were stolen from the Texas Southern University Women's Basketball team prior to their match-up against the Ducks.

Posted: Nov 16, 2019 6:51 PM
Updated: Nov 16, 2019 7:00 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene Police Department is asking for your help in locating basketball jerseys that were stolen from the Texas Southern University Women's Basketball team prior to their match-up against the Ducks.

A black duffle bag was reported stolen to the Eugene Police Department around 10:15 a.m. on Saturday by the TSU coaching staff.

Inside the bag were both the home and away jerseys for the women's team.

The team was staying at The Graduate hotel and players, coaches, and EPD looked all around the area, even in the trash, for the jerseys but were not successful. 

Lieutenant Doug Mozan with EPD says more than just money -- these jerseys are personal to the team and this is not representative of the Eugene community.

"We're used to hosting teams from all over the place," Mozan said. "They play our teams, they often don't win, but at the same time, that doesn't need to be the experience people have when they come to our town to play a game."

He called this embarrassing to see from our community.

The team wore their practice jerseys for the game and after it was over, Oregon Head Coach Kelly Graves said he feels for the team and understands the struggle.

"I feel so bad for them," said Graves. "That's happened to me to before and a team of mine. We left them in the laundromat, so we showed up the next morning before opening time and no uniforms -- so we played in practice gear."

If the person who stole these jerseys is caught, they could face anywhere from a nominal fine to up to 5 years in prison. 

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