Trio Of Razorback Football Players Arrested On Burglary Charges Following Dorm Thefts

by Chris Bahn  on Saturday, May. 12, 2012 1:41 pm  

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Arkansas football players Andrew Peterson, Maudrecus Humphrey and Marquel Wade have been arrested and charged by the University of Arkansas Police Department with residential burlgary. Peterson and Humprhey were charged with nine counts each and Wade one.

Items allegedly stolen include laptops, cash, DVDs and textbooks valuing more than $4,817. Wade, Peterson and Humphrey have been suspended indefinitely by Coach John L. Smith.

"We have high standards for our student-athletes and I expect them to conduct themselves appropriately," Smith said announcing the suspension through a spokesman. "Poor conduct and misbehavior will not be tolerated and is not what we expect from the University of Arkansas football program."

According to the police report surveillance cameras caught the trio entering and leaving unlocked dorm rooms. They were later identified by a Campus Bookstore employee as having sold textbooks back to the Dickson Street store "multiple times."

Police began investigating a theft in the Northwest Quad dorms on May 1 and a total of 10 reports of stolen property were taken over the next week. A review of video from the locations showed suspects walking through hallways, checking doors and entering rooms," the report said.

Wade, Peterson and Humphrey were identified as suspects after further investigation. All three remained in the Washington County detention overnight. Wade ended the spring as a likely starting receiver and punt return specialist this season and had drawn comparisons to Carolina Panthers' draft pick Joe Adams. Peterson and Humphrey are reserves and did not figure heavily into the team post-spring.

They are the fourth, fifth and sixth Razorback players arrest since March. It has been a tumultuous offseason for Arkansas, including the April 10 firing of coach Bobby Petrino for a motorcycle wreck and scandal involving a female football department employee.

Starting offensive lineman Jason Peacock was arrested in March on a felony theft of property charge. Reserve wide receiver Kane Whitehurst was charged with misdemeanor marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges the same day of Petrino's wreck. Reserve linebacker Tyler Gilbert was charged with felony aggravated residential burglary and theft of property.

Smith told earlier this month that "divorce" from troubled players was the last option. He wanted to give Peacock, Whitehurst and Gilbert an opportunity to work their way back into the good graces of the team.

“We’d like to give you the opportunity to correct your mistakes,” Smith said. “If we get that opportunity we’ll do it, but you have to earn your way back. Divorce is the last thing we want.”

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