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Old 11-30-2012, 04:33 PM
 
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imagine being "smart" enough to steal an IPAD and re-registering it with your own name !
Congratulations, Hofstra University , for giving a free ride to this genius:
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Four Hofstra University basketball players took advantage of their campus prestige to gain access to dorm rooms and steal more than $10,000 in high-end electronics -- and ultimately a tech-savvy student helped bring down their theft ring, police said.

The hoops stars sold the stolen goods to pawnshops, fellow students and through Craigslist, then used the proceeds to buy clothing and off-campus meals, said Det. Lt. Ray Cote, commanding officer of the Nassau police department's Third Squad.

"They were using this money that they gained to lead a more lavish lifestyle," Cote said. "They're prominent figures on campus, being athletes. And because of their social status they would have access to dorm rooms and they would get into areas, visiting one person perhaps and while in that area access a room that was unoccupied and take items."

The four players -- Shaquille Stokes, 20, Kentrell Washington, 18, Jimmy Hall Jr., 18, and Dallas Anglin, 18, were involved in the string of thefts between Oct. 4 and Nov. 5, stealing cash, a Sony laptop, headphones, three MacBook Pros, an Apple iPod, two Apple iPads and an Apple iPod Touch, police said.

Cote said investigators believe the players committed other burglaries -- and authorities expect more students to come forward to report additional thefts in the coming days.

"All four young men . . . had access to many public areas throughout the campus," Cote said. "They knew what they were doing. They planned certain things. But a lot of them were crimes of opportunity."

The crime ring began to crumble Tuesday, police said, when a female Hofstra student whose iPad was stolen earlier this month logged into the gadget's internal locator program and found it registered to a new owner: Shaquille Stokes. She reported her discovery to police, who used the players' dormitory key card records and campus sign-in sheets to retrace their crime spree and link them to the thefts, Cote said.

"As students move around campus, they swipe a student ID card to travel through locked doorways," Cote said. "We were able to categorize cases with the movement of the students, and in cases where we found things were missing, we saw a pattern of people being in a place where things had gone missing."

The players all made statements acknowledging involvement in the crimes, court records show. They pleaded not guilty at their arraignments Friday. The university suspended the four from the team and the school pending the outcome of the case.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:06 PM
 
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Maybe they should have cut the basketball program and keep football
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:14 PM
 
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these clowns are just pathetic.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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Yet another reason to do away with basketball and football scholarships, most do not belong on a campus of higher learning. Hofstra was smart enough to get rid of football and open up a medical school, time to take a close look at these so called students. These fools were going around the campus stealing items after the hurricane hit, they can't get rid of them quickly enough.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:05 PM
 
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Yet another reason to do away with basketball and football scholarships, most do not belong on a campus of higher learning. Hofstra was smart enough to get rid of football and open up a medical school, time to take a close look at these so called students. These fools were going around the campus stealing items after the hurricane hit, they can't get rid of them quickly enough.
No doubt these guys are trash but I bet there are tons of great student athletes that bring a huge lift to schools not to mention the $$$ the big programs generate for other sports/programs. Yes, I know there are plenty of examples of players taking cash/ benefits/donations/cars but the much higher % are just toughing it out to get a degree.
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:05 AM
 
Location: The Dirty Dale
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I truly hope the media (and the courts) make an example of these kids.

IMO, this is not an "athletic privilege" issue, so much as it is a "gansta" mentality issue. Throw the book at them...and make it very public.

However, it's likely that Kathleen Rice in the DA's office will not bother with it. The "oh but they are such good kids" stories will chase her away. Not to mention the "connected folks" who will intimidate her.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:44 AM
 
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I was never impressed with the level of intelligence needed to play sports.
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Long Island
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No doubt these guys are trash but I bet there are tons of great student athletes that bring a huge lift to schools not to mention the $$$ the big programs generate for other sports/programs. Yes, I know there are plenty of examples of players taking cash/ benefits/donations/cars but the much higher % are just toughing it out to get a degree.
There are some decent students, but overall the graduation rates at many of these division 1 schools is minimal. Places like Nebraska, Oklahoma are perfectly willing to turn their heads asl long as they are getting income.
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:55 AM
 
Location: just outside DC
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Morons.
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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It's a shame Nassau County Police Commissioner Mulvey and the 3 indicted chiefs aren't still around, they could return the $10,000 in stolen goods and call it a wash, they do it all the time according to them.
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