Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Missouri running back Trevon Walters was arrested Friday night for alleged theft and two counts of fraudulent use of a credit device. He has been suspended indefinitely from the team as the university awaits more information about the situation.
Missouri state law has a wide range of possibilities for how severely this incident will be handled. According to Matter:
…fraudulent use of a credit device or debit device is a class A misdemeanor unless the value of the property or services obtained is $750 or more, in which case it’s a class E felony. The range of offenses for stealing is wide depending on the value of the item stolen.
In other words, this could be either a minor offense or a major one, which explains why Missouri is waiting for more information before putting a length on the suspension. At his Friday afternoon booking, bond was set at $5,500 ($4,500 for stealing, $1000 for fraudulent use of the device).
Walters was entering his redshirt sophomore season and was looking to appear in his first game for the Tigers. He was redshirted in the 2014 season, then missed the entirety of last season with a knee injury. He was a three-star recruit out of Bradenton, Florida back in 2014.
Missouri should be fine without him. Matter notes in his report that Walters is one of six running backs on the Tigers roster receiving scholarships. They’re looking to bounce back from a down season in 2015, in which they went 5-7 and failed to receive a bowl invitation after two consecutive years in bowl games.