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Theft forces Plum organization to make changes

| Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Plum Midget Football Association has made some security changes in light of recent thefts from the organization's building at the athletic field complex on Ross Hollow Road.

Association members reported to Plum police that between Sept. 7 and Sept. 15, someone took $100 in scratch-off lottery tickets, a roll of quarters valued at $30, a case of trash bags valued at $20 and a Sam's Club gift card for $46 from the building, according to association President Tim George and a police report.

Officials told police the door to the building is locked but 14 board members, 20 coaches, concession-stand personnel and delivery companies have keys to the building.

George also told police $75 was taken from his wallet that he left on a counter at the concession stand a few weeks ago.

George said the lock on the outside of the building has been changed to a coded entry, and each board member has a different code to gain acccess.

Additionally, interior locks have been changed as well.

George said that with these changes, the association's buildings and grounds supervisor and equipment manager solely have access to the second floor area where the lottery tickets were taken.

“I stressed to each board member their responsibility for their areas,” George said.

He said for example the treasurer is responsible for collecting gate (ticket) money on game day.

“And the concession stand coordinator has been instructed that only she and her designees are to touch money,” George said.

Also, board members plan to discuss the possibility of installing video cameras in the building, George said.

“It (the thefts) got us thinking differently,” George said.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8753, or kzapf@tribweb.com.

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