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Euclid school district confirms football helmets were stolen out of high school team's locker room

The news comes as teams across Northeast Ohio are dealing with helmet shortages. Officials say the equipment was taken to another district but later recovered.

EUCLID, Ohio — The Euclid City School District confirms multiple football helmets were stolen from its high school team's locker room over a period spanning roughly the last 10 days.

Officials say surveillance footage helped identify suspects from another area school district, which Euclid has declined to identify. After alerting administrators from the "responsible" district, the equipment was returned and is now back in Euclid's possession.

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"Our Euclid students were not involved, and we are thrilled that the equipment was recovered in time for our first home football game Friday night against Aurora," Executive Director of Business Operations Patrick Higley said in a statement.

The incident comes as several teams across Northeast Ohio are dealing with football helmet shortages, caused by several factors including a rise in high school athletes and ongoing supply chain issues. A lack of safe helmets even forced Collinwood to cancel its Week 1 matchup against Akron North.

3News has reached out to the Euclid Police Department for more information.

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