Crime & Courts

Thief steals Indian Land HS money at Panthers stadium

A local high school is hurt and disappointed after a thief stole more than a thousand dollars from volunteers raising money for the school.

Many organizations raise valuable fundraising dollars for their schools or booster clubs by serving beer and food to Panthers fans. But this past Sunday night didn't go well on the field or in the stands.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police said this is an active investigation. David Shamble, the principal of Indian Land High School, said that their volunteers from various booster clubs are cooperating in that investigation.

Shamble explained the school provides the volunteers for the concessions and then the profits and tips from the sales go to their fundraisers. He said the school has been working the Panthers' games and other events at the stadium for more than eight years, and that this has never happened before.

The police report states that two red bags of money were taken from two vending stations near the South Gate. One bag had about $40 and the other had $1,700. Shamble said his volunteer told him that while they were packing up after the third quarter of the game, two men came asking and arguing to be served beer.

They believe during that argument the volunteers were purposely distracted and the money bags were swiped.

Shamble said he has confidence in his people and this is a learning lesson. He said the volunteers work because they are trying to raise money for the athletic booster club or band booster club. He thinks because it was taken under their watch their bottom line will be held accountable.

He said that it will definitely make a dent. One example he gave - the band boosters are trying to raise $35,000 for new uniforms. So, anything that takes away from that will hurt.

Shamble did stress, however, that they like working at the stadium and any money they make is a positive.