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Baylor’s Rico Gathers Accused of Shoplifting

Baylor senior forward Rico Gathers turned himself in and was arrested by Waco Police on Tuesday after being accused of shoplifting at a Wal-Mart earlier in the month; June 1 to be specific.

More from the Waco Tribune, which first reported the news:

A store employee told police that a man he recognized as Gathers placed two pillows, a tote bag, a water dispenser and a trash can in a shopping cart and left the store without stopping to pay for the items, according to an arrest affidavit.
The employee provided police with video from the incident two days later, telling police the items were valued at $171, the affidavit said.
Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said store employees had suspected Gathers of stealing items during previous visits to the store.

Gathers was released from McLennan County Jail on Wednesday after posting a $1,000 bond. Baylor coach Scott Drew is aware of the situation and is gathering all the facts before making a declarative statement or deciding on any sort of disciplinary action.

Gathers is a key cog in Baylor’s rotation and is one of the country’s fiercest post players and rebounders. He is coming off a season in which he was named all-Big 12 first team and averaged an identical 11.6 points and 11.6 rebounds per game.

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