Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Crime and the black athlete: Dallas Cowboys backup running back Joseph Randle has been arrested after he was caught shoplifting a bottle of cologne and a pack of underwear from the Dillard’s at Stonebriar Mall

Randle, 22, was booked into the Frisco City Jail on a Class B misdemeanor charge of theft. He was released after posting $350 bail, police said. Officers were called to the Dillard’s department store after the store’s loss prevention employees detained Randle at the mall, Frisco police spokesman Chad LaPrelle said. Police said that Randle attempted to steal a two-pack of Polo underwear worth $39.50 and a tester bottle of Gucci Guilty Black cologne valued at $84. “All right, y’all got me,” was his first thought after he was confronted, he told Frisco police, according to his arrest report. Randle said that he didn’t pay because he didn’t want to take the time to do it and told police that he “should have just kept walking to his car if he knew he would be arrested,” the report states. According to the police report, the theft was captured on surveillance video. It shows Randle walking to the underwear section and dropping a packet of underwear into a Dillard’s bag from a previous purchase, police say. A security officer — whom Randle referred to as “the old guy” — stopped Randle in the parking lot, and a store manager escorted him back to the store and recovered the items, which were valued at $123.50 before taxes. Randle has a base salary of $495,000 for this season. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys out of Oklahoma State in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Theft is listed as “conduct detrimental” under the NFL’s 2014 personal conduct policy, Randle is now subject to discipline. He could be fined and/or suspended. Also, according to the league’s personal conduct policy, anyone arrested and/or charged “generally will be required to undergo a formal clinical evaluation.” Based on the results of the evaluation, Randle “may be encouraged or required to participate in an education program, counseling or other treatment deemed appropriate by health professionals,” the policy states.

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