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North Carolina signee arrested for felony larceny for stealing $53,000 worth of jewelry

A North Carolina football signee is in some hot water after being arrested last Thursday and charged with felony larceny.

According to the News & Observer, tight end Avery Edwards allegedly stole “five watches and one pair of diamond stud earrings valued at $53,000” from “an acquaintance.” The incident is said to have occurred on May 23, but deputies did not obtain a warrant to arrest Edwards until last Tuesday.

Edwards’ attorney said that Edwards “turned himself into authorities” and “returned the missing items to the owner.”

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(via Rivals)

(via Rivals)

In a statement, North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora said that he had met with the family. No decision has been made relating to Edwards' status with the program moving forward. 

“Avery and his parents met with me earlier this week to inform us of the charges,” Fedora said. “I believe Avery is a good kid who made a terrible mistake. We are just a few weeks away from welcoming the majority of our incoming freshmen to summer school and this is disappointing news. Avery and his parents immediately made our admissions office aware of the situation and we are working with them on the proper protocol moving forward.”

The 6-foot-5, 228-pound Edwards, was a Rivals.com three-star recruit, the No. 24 ranked tight end in the country and the 19th best player in the state of North Carolina for the 2014 class. He caught 45 passes for 629 yards and seven touchdowns as a high school senior.

For more North Carolina news, visit TarHeelIllustrated.com.

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