It’s been an emotional roller coaster for the girls on the Socorro basketball team. They went from beating the Bosque Bobcats in a game to having their belongings stolen on their way home.
From bookbags and shoes, to equipment and team jerseys, “These girls had a lot of fundraising they did to purchase their warm-ups and their uniforms and all of the things that they needed to play,” assistant superintendent Denise Cannon said.
Tuesday night, however, all of that hard work went out the window. The team was in Albuquerque for a basketball game at Bosque, but after that their streak of good luck took a turn for the worst.
“We took the girls out to eat after the game like we normally do,” head coach Lawrence Baca said. “And that’s when all the stuff happened.”
The team stopped at the Dion’s on Coors and Montano, only to fall victim to thieves.
“When they got out there they approached the bus to find that the window was busted and that there was glass all over the place,” Coach Baca explained.
Thieves rummaged through the team’s bus, stealing anything they could get their hands on.
“Obviously there is a bunch of stuff missing,” Coach Baca said. “A bunch of bags of the girls, including mine, that had a lot of personal stuff and a lot of team stuff as well.”
Among the stolen items was a “Best in Show” belt buckle that one of the players won this past year in 4-H.
“I worked really hard for it. It’s my favorite one,” said Savannah Castagnette, Socorro Lady Warrior basketball player. “I wore it every day. For it to just be gone hurts.”
It’s a crime that’s had a financial and emotional impact on the players. However, they are keeping their heads up, staying hopeful for a good outcome.
“I hope this doesn’t happen to anyone else,” Castagnetto said. “I mean, it was hard for all of us, for all the girls who had stuff taken.”
“The good thing is that we’re all okay and the kids are okay,” said Coach Baca.
The team has a tournament beginning Thursday in Tularosa. For the time being, they plan to wear their home uniforms. Police are reviewing security footage of the incident, and asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers.