When the Golden Sierra High School boys soccer team stopped at Carl’s, Jr. in Flag City for a late dinner after a Thursday night game, the El Dorado County team returned to their bus to find that it had been broken into.
“We went in there for about half an hour, and they showed on surveillance a silver car that went behind our bus, it was there for about three minutes, and then it was gone,” Trenton Mol, Golden Sierra’s boys soccer coach, said on Friday.
According to a Friday email from San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrea Lopez, the theft occurred some time between 8:30 and 9:15 p.m. Thursday, with approximately $4,000 worth of property stolen.
“My phone, alone, is $700, so it’s probably a lot more than that,” Mol said. “All the players’ bags, my bag, all the equipment. It was not a good thing.”
Mol said he and his players were shocked to find their belongings gone, believing at first that someone had moved the bags to the back of the bus.
“We realized that they were just gone,” Mol said. “So that was a pretty tough thing to deal with.”
The team from Garden Valley had stopped in Flag City after playing a game against Rio Vista High School Thursday night, Mol said, and did not get home until around 3 a.m. Friday. Now, he said, they must find new cleats, uniforms and equipment so they can finish out their season.
“We’re just trying to look at all the positive things,” Mol said. “Nobody got hurt, so that’s a blessing in itself.”