Second UConn Player Arrested in Laptop Thefts

Aug. 16, 2005

STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut point guard Marcus Williams was arrested Tuesday, the second member of the team charged in the theft of four laptop computers from student dorm rooms.

Redshirt freshman guard A.J. Price was charged Friday. Police said they expect to make one more arrest in the case.

Williams, 19, of Los Angeles, faces four counts of third-degree larceny, which carry a penalty of up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines.

Williams surrendered at 8 p.m. to campus police, just hours after returning from Argentina where he competed on the U.S. team in the men's Under 21 championships.

Police said Williams and two others tried to sell the computers at several locations in Manchester. Employees at a pawn shop in Manchester recognized Williams as soon as he entered the store and told him they did not take laptop computers, police said.

The four laptops, which have a total value of $11,000, have been recovered.

Williams, a starter last season as a sophomore, and Price had been expected to shore up UConn's backcourt, a position beset by off-court problems. Price missed last season after suffering a brain hemorrhage in October and had not yet been medically cleared for this coming year. Williams missed most of the 2003-04 national championship season because of academic problems.

Guard Antonio Kellogg was expelled in April at the end of his freshman season after being charged with marijuana possession and assaulting a police officer.

It was not immediately clear what the arrest meant for either player's status with the Huskies. Team officials released a statement Tuesday night after the arrest saying the allegations involving Williams and Price are an "ongoing legal matter" and are being reviewed as a "university Student Code of Conduct situation."

"Therefore, the Division of Athletics is unable to make any comment regarding these proceedings," the statement read.



Both players are free on $10,000 bond and are due in Rockville Superior Court on Aug. 23.

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