Football recruit suspected in UGA dorm theft

A football recruit in town this past weekend while attending a camp at Georgia is suspected in a burglary at a UGA dorm, according to police.

The person may not be arrested because indications are he is a juvenile who lives out of state.

Police did not name the suspect but said he is from South Florida and was staying with two members of the Georgia football team.

“I feel very confident saying he’s our responsible party,” UGA police chief Jimmy Williamson said.

Police contacted UGA football staffers, who helped identify the suspect who took part in Georgia’s Dawg Night camp for prospects. He is not one of the four campers who committed to the Bulldogs over the weekend.

“There’s a number of things that have been available to our investigators through interviews that were conducted and we feel the responsible party was here for legitimate purposes,” Williamson said. “He was here in the residence halls, which is a restricted area, it’s access controlled. So there’s always this concern that someone got in that didn’t belong. Through this investigation we could see that this individual was there as a guest staying in a residence hall so he had legitimate access.”

Two female Georgia athletes — one a gymnast and the other a soccer player — reported to a residence assistant that an unknown black male entered their Busbee Hall suite at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday and took an iPhone5 and a wallet with two credit cards in it, according to a police incident report. Police were dispatched soon after that morning to meet with the R.A. The victims stated the main entry door to the suite and their respective bedroom doors were unlocked.

If the person is indeed a juvenile, his name will be protected, but Williamson said extradition to Georgia probably is unlikely. Someone 17 or older would be charged as an adult and a warrant would be obtained for his arrest.

Georgia has previously dealt with thefts involving football recruits.

Three football players from Carver High were charged with theft of property from Georgia’s football locker room in 2011. iPhones, iPods and other devices valued at nearly $2,000 were reported stolen.

Deion Bonner later signed with Tennessee but was dismissed in 2013.

Another theft related to the football camp was also reported Saturday. Police were told $125 in cash was missing from a wallet stored in a bag beside a gate at the lower UGA practice field from someone attending the camp on Friday. No link has been found between that and this recent dorm burglary.

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