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USF walk-on arrested, accused of stealing iPhone



USF football player Jordan Duval, a sophomore walk-on receiver from Tampa, was arrested Friday night on a felony charge of grand theft, accused by campus police of stealing an iPhone from the basketball courts at USF's Campus Recreation Center.


Duval, 20, was arrested at 9:17 p.m. and booked into county jail at 11:43, then released at 4:16 a.m. Saturday on $2,000 bond. The Hillsborough High graduate played in two games last season and did not catch any passes.

According to USF police, an unnamed USF student reported an iPhone stolen from the rec center around 7:30 p.m. Friday, and in using a phone-locator application from a friend's phone, was able to give police the GPS coordinates of the phone's last location. Police said people at that address directed them to Duval, who had stripped the phone of its case and its subscriber identity module or SIM card, an action that keeps a phone from being tracked.

Police said Duval agreed to meet with police and return the phone, admitting his involvement and saying he had even watched as the victim looked around the basketball courts for his missing phone. The phone and its accessories carry a value of $730 according to police, and in the state of Florida a theft of property greater than $300 constitutes a felony.

USF's athletic department was aware of the arrest Saturday morning but did not have any comment initially.

[Last modified: Saturday, July 14, 2012 11:35am]


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