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Drexel basketball players apparently make lousy robbers

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You know an armed robbery is ill-conceived when the local paper spends most of its article ridiculing the assailants for their shoddy effort.

In what the Philadelphia Daily News described as a "ham-fisted" plan that "kind of fell apart," Drexel basketball players Jamie Harris and Kevin Phillip allegedly broke into a female student's apartment on Wednesday night brandishing guns and demanding money.

Problem No. 1: The woman, like many college students, didn't have any cash, so all Harris and Phillip managed to steal was her iPhone. Problem No. 2: The entire incident was caught on tape.

Of course, the most important aspect of the story is that the victim avoided injury. Arrest warrants have been issued for Harris and Phillip, and NBC Philadelphia reports they're expected to turn themselves in to police on Monday. A third conspirator, fellow Drexel student Devin Bond, was charged Thursday with robbery, theft, conspiracy and related offenses.

Harris, Drexel's starting point guard, averaged 14.5 points and 3.4 assists a game as a junior last season. Phillip, a reserve forward, averaged 2.9 points and 3.1 rebounds as a sophomore.

Both would be wise to surrender to the police as soon as possible. There's probably not an iPhone app to get you out of this kind of trouble.

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