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    Double blow as Falcons lose valuables to 'Apple-picking' dugout thieves after loss

    Jul 6, 2013
    Robbers stole only iPhones and cash from the Adamson dugout, leaving other phones untouched. Jerome Ascano  

    ADAMSON lost not only its game against University of Santo Tomas but also valuables in a dugout robbery on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Adamson assistant coach Kenneth Duremdes said that around seven players found out that they lost their iPhones and cash when they returned to their dugout after the Falcons’ 62-67 loss to the UST Tigers.

    “Pagpasok nagbihis yung mga players, nakita nalang nila na wala na ‘yung mga cellphones nila,” Duremdes.

    Curiously, the robbers only stole the items of players who had Apple iPhones.

    “Yung ibang cellphone, naiwan pa,” said Duremdes.

    Adamson coach Leo Austria summed up the frustration of the team, incidentally this year's UAAP hosts, after the incident - just the latest in a number of thefts at the Big Dome during basketball games.

    “Talo ka na, ninakawan ka pa,” Austria said after emerging from the dugout. “Kaya masama loob ng mga players.”

    “Sino naman papasok dito ... alam naman natin na secured ito, pero nangyayari pa rin,” Austria added.

    At posting time, team officials have yet to make a full accounting of the items and cash won. Austria put the number of iPhones lost at five, adding star player Jericho Cruz had his iPhone and P5,000 in cash stolen.

    Among the lucky ones was forward Rodney Brondial, whose iPhone and other valuables were spared after he hid the items deep in his bag. The valuables lost were mostly those left in bag side pockets, he added.

    Austria said that they were already suspicious at halftime when they found the bag of one of the team's support staff had been opened.

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    “Pagpasok namin nung halftime, may isang utility na bukas na bukas ‘yung bag niya,” said Austria.

    Araneta Coliseum security officials were reviewing CCTV footage at posting time.

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    Robbers stole only iPhones and cash from the Adamson dugout, leaving other phones untouched. Jerome Ascano  
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