UPDATE: Man turns himself in after stealing items from Marshall football locker room

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Published: Sep. 6, 2017 at 6:07 PM EDT
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UPDATE 9/7/17 @ 1:35 p.m.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man is facing multiple charges after turning himself in to police for taking gear from the Marshall football team locker room.

Mark Fetty, 25, of Huntington, is charged with grand larceny and entering without breaking, according to court documents.

According to the criminal complaint, Fetty went into the Shewey Athletic building in the early morning hours of Sept. 3 through an unlocked door.

"We talked to him and found out how he got into the building and traced that and we'll take corrective measures to make sure that doesn't happen in the future," Marshall Police Lt. Dicky Parker said.

Fetty can be seen on surveillance entering locker rooms and offices stealing items.

The reported value of the stolen property is more than $1,500.

Police say Fetty gave no reason for the crime and said it was a "stupid mistake."

"It was just a crime of opportunity, he didn't have a specific reason why he did it," Parker said.

Fetty then left the building less than hour later through the lower field level center glass doors.

Fetty was arraigned Thursday afternoon at the Cabell County Courthouse.

MUPD tells WSAZ that people recognized Fetty from the surveillance video. Police were able to identify him, and he surrendered himself to police Thursday morning.


ORIGINAL STORY 9/6/17

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The weekend started off on a good note for the Marshall University football team with a victory home opener. However, hours after the stadium cleared out, a thief targeted broke in and stole as much gear as he could carry.

The athletic department notified Marshall University Police on Sunday that a helmet was missing from the locker room. Officials checked security video and saw the suspect entering the locker room inside the Fred & Christine Shewey Athletic Building around 5 a.m. Sunday. The thief also stole clothing, backpacks, shoes, hats and other items.

While they don't have an exact value for the stolen gear, head football equipment manager Brian Gallagher said the helmet alone costs around $450 and the gloves attached to it cost around $50.

"It's definitely hurtful," Gallagher said. "This week, it's especially difficult because it's the first away game. So we've got to pack the truck, load the truck, so to have something like this kind of interrupt that it just puts an even further burden on us as a staff and team."

Campus police Sgt. Scott Ballou said officers need help identifying the suspect. He is described as a white man with short, black hair, around 5 feet 5 to 5 feet 6 inches tall and 130 to 140 pounds.

Police do not know if the suspect is a student, but they believe he likely was familiar with the facility.

Right now they can't say for sure how the thief got in. Ballou says the stadium is locked overnight so they believe he may have climbed the fence.

"Hopefully somebody out there will recognize the suspect," Ballou said. "I was a student athlete, so you take pride in the stuff that you have and when somebody comes in and steals in then they're stealing from the whole university."

Learning about the crime Wednesday upset students who say the football team is the heart of the university.

"I feel like given our school's history and the history of our football team and all that stuff it is a disgrace that someone would go in there and steal our equipment," said one Marshall student.

"The football team, it's the pride of Marshall," said another student. "It's just, it's not right."

The suspect was caught on several cameras throughout the stadium.

If you have any information, call Marshall Police at (304) 696-4357.