Published August 28, 2013
These football players scored a touchdown without setting foot on the field.
Four members of the William Paterson University football team in New Jersey each scored $50 gift cards after surveillance cameras captured them at a Wayne store paying for batteries and sunglasses, even though no employees were around.
Buddy's Small Lots was actually closed Sunday night. But the lock malfunctioned and the lights were on, making it appear as though it was open.
Buddy's management got a call from police that there had been a break-in, but upon arrival, nothing was missing from the store, News 12 New Jersey reported.
Cameras showed the men calling an audible, shouting out for a clerk. Two can be seen depositing cash on the counter, one waving bills in the direction of a camera.
"Not only did they leave money on the counter, they counted out the change," store operations manager Marci Lederman told News 12 New Jersey.
Lederman went to the university personally to present the players with the gift cards and to thank them.
"I didn't think it was going to blow up to be this big," one of the players, Kell'e Gallimore, said.
His teammate, Thomas James, told the station that not everyone is a thief.
"You can't judge people by the way they look," he said.
The security issue at the store has since been fixed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.