A COLLEGE football player has been arrested after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from a liquor store.
Arik Gilbert, 21 – a tight end for the University of Nebraska – was arrested early Tuesday morning.
He is accused of taking $1,600 worth of merchandise from the Lincoln, Nebraska store. TMZ reported.
The entire crime was captured on surveillance footage obtained by the station.
Gilbert reportedly covered his face with a t-shirt during the burglary.
The 1.80 meter tall and 110 kilogram athlete is accused of breaking and entering by throwing a piece of concrete through a window and kicking in a door once inside.
He was then reportedly seen poking around the store and throwing products into a bag.
The police received a call for help from inside the store and rushed to the scene of the accident.
Gilbert allegedly spotted them before exiting the building, raised his hands, and jumped back, startled.
The suspect was then seen exiting the store and lying on the ground before being taken back into custody.
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The athlete was charged with burglary and taken to the county jail.
A former five-star recruit, Gilbert has also played for Louisiana State University and the University of Georgia.
Nebraska coach Matt Rhule addressed Gilbert’s alleged behavior after the team’s practice Tuesday.
“Really disappointed, really sad for him,” Rhule said 247 sports.
“When we took Arik with us, we knew we had a good group of people who could help him with some of the issues he is struggling with in his life.
“Was really proud of the work he had done over the spring and summer.
“To be honest he had some problems during the camp. He worked to overcome them.”
The trainer said he didn’t have much information about Gilbert’s alleged crime.
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