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Florida All-American gymnast arrested



Msinclair Florida All-American gymnast Melanie Sinclair has been suspended from the team after she was arrested on Tuesday afternoon for an alleged involvement in storing firearms, televisions and computers at her apartment that police believe were taken in a series of burglaries.

Sinclair, a redshirt senior and nine-time All-American from Orlando, has been charged with three felony criminal  counts of burglary of an occupied dwelling unarmed, larceny theft of less than $5,000 and grand larceny of firearms.

"Melanie is suspended from the team indefinitely,'' UF gymnastics coach Rhonda Faehn said in a statement.

According to a Gainesville Police Department report, Sinclair was contacted in reference to an investigation into her apartment being "used to conceal and store stolen items from multiple burglaries in which firearms, televisions, computers and a safe were stolen.''

The report states that nine shotguns/rifles and two computers were recovered from Sinclair's Brandywine Apartment on Archer Road. The items were identified as being stolen goods from an ongoing burglary case.

Sinclair told GPD officers she felt "like something was wrong'' but didn't know what it was, the report states. A 2-foot, 6-inch tall and 1-foot-8-inch wide safe was taken from her apartment.

Bud Leonard Williams, 21, who police say is Sinclair's boyfriend, was arrested on Oct. 1, after reportedly walking through the apartment complex carrying a loaded 12-gauge shotgun. He was charged with 11 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, burglary, theft and theft of a firearm.

According to the police report, during taped jail phone conversations, Williams told Sinclair to tell police she only found out about the guns on the night he was arrested and that she was scared and didn't know what to do because he didn't want her caught up in a messed up situation.

A second defendant, 22-year-old Jesse Joel Renfro, told police that Sinclair was aware that the guns were in the apartment and actually played with them while pointing them around the apartment.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:22pm]


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