Source: Reed To Miss Title Game

New London — David Reed, New London High School's standout wide receiver, was suspended from school Friday in connection with a theft from a school office, meaning he will miss the Whalers' Class S championship football game tonight against Hyde of New Haven.

Reed, whose suspension was confirmed by a school official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, is the third student disciplined in the recent theft of video equipment and other items from a school office.

Two other New London students, one of whom is a football player, were suspended Thursday.

The names of the suspended students were not released.

Superintendent of Schools Chris-topher Clouet said Friday it is unlikely that members of the coaching staff had knowledge of the theft.

“I have no reason to suspect any involvement at all from the coaches,” Clouet said. “I have no reason to suspect the coaching staff had any knowledge of what happened.”

School and police officials continued an investigation into the thefts during the day Friday. Clouet said Friday ROTC video equipment was among the stolen items.

“Because federal equipment is involved,” Clouet said, “local detectives have taken (the investigation) over.”

Police Capt. William Dittman said Friday the investigation will continue into next week.

A source close to the investigation said one or more arrests could occur next week.

Reed, an all-state candidate, leads the Whalers with 20 touchdowns. He has been one of the state's most prolific players this season on offense and special teams. Reed led the Eastern Connecticut Conference by returning four punts for touchdowns.

Attempts to reach New London coach Jack Cochran were unsuccessful.

Reed transferred to New London from New Britain in the offseason. School officials in New Britain formally accused Cochran of recruiting Reed earlier this fall. The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, the state's governing body for high school athletics, cleared Cochran of all charges Oct. 21.

New London's berth in the state championship game is its first since 1992.
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