SPRINGBORO, Ohio (WDTN) - The Springboro High School football team took the field Friday night without one of its star players.
A 17-year-old football standout was kicked off the team this week after he was accused of stealing from his teammates.
We aren't identifying him because he is a juvenile.
"Things unraveled earlier in the week. We had an incident that did occur in our locker room and we basically started to investigate from that point," says Springboro Athletic Director Matt Louis.
Louis tells us several football players complained about thefts in the locker room.
In the police incident report, the suspect reportedly confessed that he stole a credit card from a teammate's car during football practice and used it at a Walmart to buy clothes, racking up more than 300 dollars in charges.
The teen is also accused of stealing cash.
2 NEWS asked dozens of people at the football game to comment on the allegations but they refused.
Family friends did tell us off-camera that they believe the teen was just trying to help his family because they had recently fallen on hard times.
While the school conducts its own investigation, Louis says the focus is on those students who are still in uniform.
"Our goal is to teach our kids to live right. We want them to grow up to be mature young people that are marketable to the next level, whatever that is and part of our philosophy in the athletic department, there are principals that deal with these types of situations and I hope that all of our young people and those involved, learn from the situation that we're in," comments Louis.
Police tell us they are still interviewing players and coaches.
But they plan to present charges as early as Monday.
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