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‘Tis the season for dumb theft arrests at Florida State

Among the items included in Florida State's forthcoming gift package from the Champs Sports Bowl: A watch from the Timely Watch Co. and whatever Seminole players can grab during a $420 shopping spree at an Orlando-area Best Buy. Items not included: A motorcycle.

So freshman linebacker Arrington Jenkins asks you, citizen: What was he supposed to do this weekend when, facing a motorcycle-less future, he happened upon a motorcycle just sitting there unattended near his residence? Being a man of action, he took matters into his own hands (emphasis added):

The Tallahassee Police Department received a report of a stolen green motorcycle off Chapel Dr. around 2 p.m. on Sunday. Later, the victim returned to the scene and noticed skid marks that led from where the motorcycle was last seen to a location nearby, totaling about 1/10 of a mile.
The report states that when officers asked Jenkins if he knew why they were there, Jenkins conceded that it was about the motorcycle. Jenkins told the officers that he found the motorcycle lying on the ground and had taken it in to his apartment to put in his room. Jenkins told officers that it was not his motorcycle and he didn't know who it belonged to, but allegedly told the officers that "anyone who leaves a motorcycle out should expect to have it stolen."

The officers entered the apartment and the motorcycle was recovered. The victim said that the motorcycle was damaged extensively.

‘Tis the season for dumb theft arrests at Florida StateThat's sound advice for all property owners, Arrington (right), but you're still not allowed to actually be the guy that steals the bike: Jenkins was subsequently charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, a third-degree felony. He bonded out on $5,000 bail later in the day.

Incredibly, the charges against Jenkins represented only the second-dumbest grand theft case of the weekend involving a Seminole player. The championship belt goes to redshirt junior Avis Commack (pictured at top), who turned himself into campus police on Friday — just hours after his graduation — for allegedly stealing an iPad from a fellow student's backpack on Dec. 6. Officers reportedly tracked Commack after he used the iPad to log in to the university network with his own information, and subsequently charged him with felony grand theft of an item valued between $300 and $5,000.

For the record, iPads tend to run in the $400 to $800 range — an important piece of consumer information Commack could have learned for himself if he'd only waited a few weeks to pick one up on his Best Buy shopping spree.

Per university policy, both players will be automatically suspended for the Champs Sports Bowl pending resolution of their charges. Commack saw the field in 11 of FSU's 12 regular season games, mostly on special teams; Jenkins sat out his first season on campus as a redshirt.

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