STAFFORD, Va. - Uniforms, equipment and personal items were stolen from a group of tenth grade basketball players from Virginia and it has a community outraged.
It happened to the Stafford Storm travel team when they stopped to eat in Maryland after winning the game that paved the way for them to compete for a national title.
Within a two-hour window, thieves busted into cars and swiped everything in sight. Car windows were not the only thing shattered when the crooks stole players' gear, belongings and more.
"My parents, personally, they work six days a week,” said 16-year-old Zavier Autry, a Stafford Storm basketball player. “Just to know that someone would break into a car and get something people work so hard for, it just make me so mad.
"I was very shocked,” said fellow teammate Zeek Pressley. “Disappointed too because I had all my good stuff near my basketball stuff and my Beats [headphones].”
The team was just coming off a big win when the heist happened on June 25 in Forestville, Maryland.
"We were just trying to eat, and we came out the restaurant, the windows were broken and everybody was just shocked, especially me,” said Marcus Bass. “It was my dad's vehicle.”
"We had eleven players and their parents ordering food," said Anthony Brevard, a co-director of the basketball team. "This particular breaking in cars, getting their stuff stolen has never happened.”
"We now have to get the uniforms back,” said co-director Shekela Hutchinson. “It takes hard work. It’s a lot of fundraising. It's a lot of time from the parents [and] just us as an organization.”
The team started a GoFundMe page almost a week ago. As of Thursday, more than 16 people have donated more than $600, but there is still a ways to go.
"They leave in the morning for nationals, so what we have done is we have kind of came together as an organization and put some stuff together so that they can play,” said Hutchinson. “So they will be able to play in nationals, but they got another season to go.”
The team's losses from the theft total about $2,000.
One of the team's coaches happens to be a police officer and we are told there is surveillance video of the theft.