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University police respond to Heavener Football Training Center burglary

The break-in took place early morning July 8

The front entrance of the James W. “Bill” Heavener Football Training Center Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022.
The front entrance of the James W. “Bill” Heavener Football Training Center Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022.

Four unidentified individuals burglarized the Heavener Football Training Center early morning July 8. University of Florida police released a statement July 13.

The burglars have yet to be identified, according to UPD.

“At this time, UPD has identified several missing items from the facility that belong to the UAA,” UPD wrote in a statement. “These missing items include Gator football apparel and other equipment from the building.”

Security cameras captured the four individuals inside the facility around 2 a.m. July 8. At least one individual was wearing Florida State merchandise and another was seen in a Gators football jersey and pants. 

“This is still a very active investigation being investigated by detectives from the UFPD Criminal Investigations Division,” UPD wrote. 

Heavener Football Training Center opened in August 2022 after the two-year-long, $85 million construction project was completed

The 142,000-square-foot facility houses the Gators football team and features locker rooms, strength training facilities and meeting rooms. The complex is located at 2150 Stadium Road, sitting across from the team's outdoor practice field and down the road from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Heavener also provides amenities available to all of UF’s student-athletes including a cafeteria and an outdoor swimming pool.

UPD is still in the process of identifying those responsible for the incident, which is the first since the facility’s opening.

“As of the release of the bulletin, the subjects have not been identified and we are still asking for the public’s help,” UPD wrote. 

Contact Jackson Castellano at jcastellano@alligator.org. Follow him on Twitter @jaxacastellano.

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Jackson Castellano

Jackson Castellano is a third-year sports media journalism student and the Digital Managing Editor at The Alligator for Spring 2024. In the past, he's served as the Sports Editor, Assistant Sports Editor and a Sports Reporter covering Football, Men's basketball and Baseball.


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