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December 19, 2011

Arrington Jenkins arrested for vehicular theft

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For the second time in three days, a Florida State player has been arrested.

Freshman linebacker Arrington Jenkins was arrested Sunday on a charge of third degree vehicular grand theft. He was released on $5,000 bond.

The Tallahassee Police Department received a report of a stolen green motorcycle off Chapel Drive around 2 p.m. on Sunday. Later, the victim returned to the scene and noticed skid marks that led from where the motorcycle was last seen to a location nearby, totaling about 1/10 of a mile.

After officers failed to make contact with anyone at the residence, the property manager identified the tenants of the apartment - Jenkins and another individual. Jenkins was contacted through the university and was asked to return to his residence to talk with officers.

The report states that when officers asked Jenkins if he knew why they were there, Jenkins conceded that it was about the motorcycle. Jenkins told the officers that he found the motorcycle lying on the ground and had taken it in to his apartment to put in his room. Jenkins told officers that it was not his motorcycle and he didn't know who it belonged to, but allegedly told the officers that "anyone who leaves a motorcycle out should expect to have it stolen."

The officers entered the apartment and the motorcycle was recovered. The victim said that the motorcycle was damaged extensively.

According to the VIN number listed in the report, the bike was a 1999 Kawasaki KX250 motorbike. It had a list price of $5,600 when it was new and it is valued between $750 to $1,500 today in good condition.

Jenkins is the second FSU player in the past three days to be charged with a felony. Junior cornerback Avis Commack was arrested by FSU Police Friday for allegedly stealing a student's iPad. The charge was felony grand theft.

Jenkins, who is redshirting this season, was participating in Florida State's practice on Sunday afternoon.

It is university policy that any athlete charged with a felony can not represent the school in an athletic event. Whether or not the athlete can participate in practice is at the head coach's discretion.

Fisher said Monday that both are suspended from the team pending their respective investigations.

"I’ll comment once everything runs its course, but they’re suspended and won’t be with us in any way or shape, that’s school policy," Fisher said.



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