LSU merchandise at center of theft case
BATON ROUGE- An investigation is underway tonight by the LSU Police Department after equipment went missing from the LSU Athletic Department.
Court records show, Gregory Stringfellow, LSU Football Equipment Manager, called LSU Police after noticing a two advertisements on EBAY selling a pair of Nike LSU Football cleats and gloves that were worn during the LSU vs. Ole Miss game back in October.
The cleats were listed at $100.99 on EBAY and the gloves listed at $99.99 on EBAY. It caught the attention of authorities. User Shoejunky85 listed the items. He was tracked down to a business at the corner of Perkins Road and Bluebonnet Boulevard. We found him in his store helping customers.
"It was unfortunate," Sanders told WBRZ. "I just can't say anything. Talk to my lawyer."
Sanders posted a $3,000 bail on Tuesday. He's accused of principle to theft and illegal possesion of stolen things, after he refused to cooperate with investigators.
"He did admit he had sold the items and he told investigators he had obtained them from a football player," Captain Cory Lalonde with LSU Police said.
Equipment belongs to the team, not the players according to Lalonde.
Sanders was tight lipped when it came to revealing who the football player was. An affidavit obtained by the Investigative Unit shows Sanders would not say which football player gave him the items. Instead, Sanders told investigators, "Do what you have to do, I am not going to be responsible for ruining someone's career."
When WBRZ asked who the football player was, Sanders also refused to answer that question.
"The items are still LSU's property," Lalonde said. "The football team's property. Therefore, that's why we consider them to be stolen at this point."
As detectives continue trying to track down the stolen items from this internet sale, they aren't ruling anything out. When asked if the football player could face charges, Lalonde replied, "In this case, yes."
A search of Sanders EBAY history shows he sole nearly $3,000 of merchandise marketed as game worn, team issued or equipment from bowl games.
"We believe this is a misunderstanding and expect all charges to be dropped," Sanders' attorney, Kris Perret, said.