A University of Idaho football player has been charged with grand theft after allegedly stealing a pair of laptop computers and (gasp!) $2 worth of gambling tokens during a fraternity party.
According to a story in the U of I campus newspaper The Argonaut, offensive lineman and General Studies major Billy Bates was arrested early on the morning of April 9, after members of the Sigma Chi Fraternity (motto: In Hoc Signo Vinces, "In this sign you will conquer") found him in their fraternity house bathroom with the computers in a sink. Bates reportedly told police that the two men in the bathroom had asked him to "hold their laptops in his backpack for them," and he had graciously agreed to do so. However, when Bates was searched, officers found the casino coins in his pocket, and one of the fraternity brothers identified the money as being from the bathroom. Tsk, tsk.
If convicted, Bates could face up to 14 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.