Four African-America students at Hofstra University and outstanding players on the university’s basketball team were arrested for allegedly stealing laptops, phones, and iPads. Shaquille Stokes, Kentrell Washington, Jimmy Hall, and Dallas Anglin were charged with running an electronics theft ring on campus. Their tuition, “paid in full” scholarships were suspended and were kicked off the basketball team, classes, residence halls and facilities pending an investigation of the case.
Hofstra University, a private, nonsectarian institution is located in Long Island, New York and is about 25 miles east of Manhattan. It offers excellent undergraduate and graduate programs. Although Hofstra has only 8.8% African American students, picture from their men’s basketball tram 2012-2013 roster shows the entire team is made up of African-American players.
According to Newsday:
Four Hofstra University men's basketball players were charged with burglary Friday after police say they admitted stealing more than $10,000 worth of laptop computers, iPads and other items from fellow students. The players stole from six dorm rooms and then sold the items on campus, at pawnshops and on Craigslist, authorities said. Investigators used key card records and witness statements to link the players to visits to dorms where the incidents occurred in October and early November.
Sophomore Shaquille Stokes, and freshmen Jimmy Hall Jr., Kentrell Washington and Dallas Anglin, were arrested Thursday and immediately suspended from "the basketball team, classes, residence halls and facilities," pending the outcome of the case, Stephen Gorchov, associate director of athletic communications, said in a statement. The dorm-room thefts occurred at Alliance Hall, Enterprise Hall and Graduate Hall, all on the Hempstead campus, according to police.