We have to admit: the first thing we thought of after reading this story is “He probably could have gotten a lot more money for this stuff if he had sold it on eBay or Craigslist, rather than at the local second hand sporting goods place.” But then we realized that selling the equipment that belongs to the high school baseball team you coach would be wrong in either option, regardless of how much profit you made. We also wondered if the squad at Chaney High School would have done better than 8-15 last season if they actually had bats and balls to practice with?
But still, those second hand sporting goods places really rip you off, don’t they?
Jason Savage, 27, of Massillon, who was the coach last season, was indicted July 1 by a Mahoning County grand jury on a felony theft charge. He is accused of taking school sports equipment and selling it. “He was caught stealing equipment and other valuables from Chaney, and so not only was he terminated, but he was prosecuted,” said Anthony Catale, school board president.
In late May, the school’s principal reported to city police many thefts during the previous several months from the school’s locked storage room in the gym. There were no signs of forced entry, according to a police report, indicating that “whoever is taking the equipment has keys.” Some of the items were seen at Play It Again Sports in Boardman, police said.
An arrest report says that during a June 1 taped interview with police, Savage acknowledged taking the property from the school and selling it. The value of what was taken exceeded $8,000.