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Iowa football robbery may have been an inside job

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Iowa and Iowa State officials are still trying to figure out who robbed the Iowa locker room during Saturday’s rivalry game at Jack Trice Stadium on the Iowa State campus.

Nine Iowa players and coaches reported missing items following the 27-21 Iowa win and Monday evening, the Des Moines Register reported police think the robbery may have been by someone with credentialed access because there was no forced entry into the locker room.

Contemporary Services Corporation oversees security of the visiting locker room area during games. Proper credentials are required for admittance. There were no surveillance cameras in the area.“We spoke to security … and they said procedure was followed,” Van Ryswyk said. “It seems like we have counterfeit tickets for every game. Did someone counterfeit a pass for access to the locker room?”

Van Ryswyk said investigators are compiling a list of everyone who had access to the Iowa locker room. This includes reporters, members of the Iowa football staff and security workers.

Police had a tough time investigating the scene following the game because it was a mass of players, coaches and media. Cell phones were the main things taken as well as about $50 in cash.

Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard met with Iowa athletic director Gary Barta and Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and said in a statement “if the person(s) responsible are not identified, ISU Athletics will reimburse those who suffered losses.”

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