KNOXVILLE – Tennessee freshman cornerback Deion Bonner is listed as a suspect in the case of a stolen phone (valued at $500 or less) on a University of Tennessee Police Department (UTPD) report obtained by the Maryville Daily-Times on Friday.
The responding office wrote on the report that he was dispatched on Wednesday to “a report of a stolen phone that occurred in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation building.” The HPER building as it is more commonly known, is located on UT's campus.
A 21-year old female student is listed as the victim of the theft on the report.
Coach Derek Dooley had not released a public statement about the incident as of Friday evening.
Bonner, who is originally from Columbus, Ga., was arrested and charged with one count of theft by taking part in an incident in April 2011 where several iPods and iPhones were taken from a University of Georgia locker room at an open-house event, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Tennessee continued to recruit Bonner after the arrest and eventually the Vols signed the four-star prospect, who was ranked as the No. 19 overall cornerback by Rivals.com.
“We did a lot of diligence on the situation,” Dooley said on signing day of 2012. “Deion was incredibly truthful, incredibly remorseful and I don’t know of a high school player who had to pay the piper more for what they did than what he did. He had an absolute public disparagement, had to sit out five games of his high school career and everybody stopped recruiting him.”
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound freshman has appeared in six of the Vols’ eight games this season, but has not been credited with any stats. As a senior at Carver (Ga.) High School, he recorded nine interceptions, forced four fumbles and had 27 tackles.
Bonner tweeted: “Crazy crazy world that we live in,” from his personal Twitter account (@DeionBonner) at approximately 6:45 p.m. ET on Friday night, shortly after initial media reports began to circulate the news that he had been listed as a suspect in the case.
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