By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
The Carl Albert High School cross country team is asking for help after a riding lawn mower was stolen from the school earlier this summer.
Coach Bill Case said the mower was taken from a shed near the cross country course. He said someone had peeled back the side of the metal shed and took the mower.
The incident happened in the last week of May. Case noticed it was missing on June 1 and filed a report with Midwest City police.
Mid-Del officials reviewed surveillance video but were unable to get a vehicle tag number.
Case said the mower is a yellow, 54-inch Hustler, zero-turn riding mower. The mower was valued at $6,700. The model number is 941732 and the serial number is 22056905.
The team raised money for three years to buy a new mower. Case said they purchased it in the summer of 2022. Case uses the mower to maintain the cross-country course, located west of Gary Rose Stadium.
“I hate it that our kids worked hard to raise money for it, and we try to take good care of our course,” Case said.
Case said they had a Gator utility task vehicle stolen a couple of years earlier. They found the Gator in a nearby woods.
“We think someone took it on a joy ride and ditched it after it ran out of gas,” he said.
Case said they’ve been using an older riding mower at the school since the new one was taken.
The Titans recently started practices for the regular season. They host the Titan 5k Fun Run on Aug. 12.
Anyone with information about the stolen mower is asked to contact the Midwest City Police Department at (405) 739-1306.