Local HS Coach Stole Athletics Money: Police

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ A former substitute teacher and coach at a Tampa Bay area high school is facing a theft charge after authorities say he stole nearly $10,000 collected at athletic events.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office reports that 52-year-old Charles Lattimore was arrested Monday and charged with grand theft.

A news release says Lattimore had been responsible for collecting, reporting and turning in the money made at Gaither High School athletic events. In May, he told school officials that $6,800 had been stolen since last September, but he was too embarrassed to tell anyone.

The sheriff’s office says an audit showed $9,852 was missing.

Lattimore was being held on $2,000 bail. Jail records didn’t list an attorney.