Monday, April 18, 2011

DEVELOPING: Three Carver-Columbus Athletes Charged In UGA Theft

((HT: ESPN/Low, Ledger-Enquirer/White, Morris News Service/Weiszer))

Three suspects have been arrested for thefts from Georgia's locker room. According to police reports, items totaling $1,990 were stolen from lockers of Georgia football players Alexander Ogletree, Abry Jones, Kenarious Gates, Jordan Love, Rhett McGowan, Jamal Allen and Quintin Williams.

Deion Bonner, Marquis Hawkins and a third suspect, a juvenile who was not identified due to his age, were arrested and charged with theft by taking, a misdemeanor, University of Georgia police said. All three are from Carver (Columbus) High School.

Bonner, a defensive back, was charged with one count of theft by taking. He has received offers from a boatload of southhern schools and USC. Hawkins, 17, was charged with two counts and the juvenile was charged with three counts. The juvenile is 16 years old, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

Bonner and Hawkins were booked at Athens-Clarke County Jail on Monday morning shortly after 9AM.

The suspects are alleged to have taken iPods and iPhones from the lockers of seven Georgia players during an open house on April 7. The iPods were recovered, but the iPhones apparently, have already been re-sold.

Marquise Hawkins is the twin brother of Carver QB Marqui Hawkins, a 2013 prospect.

University police chief Jimmy Williamson said search warrants were obtained last week and arrest warrants were issued Friday. Asked how the probe resulted in arrests, Williamson said "Good investigation, people's involvement and Facebook is always a big help," according to the AJC.

The HQ knows that it's difficult, in this day, to keep from bragging on your FB page.

Chris White, in his Columbus Ledger-Enquirer piece, discloses that Carver head coach Dell McGee has removed the three from his football team and that the county school board stands by the decision.

More when we know more...

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