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Wharton High 16-year-old athletes Chase Litton and Rocky Enos, starters on the school's Class 8A playoff football team last fall, were arrested Wednesday afternoon on a series of felony burglary and theft charges stemming from an incident in late December.
Both were honorable mention picks on the Times' all-Hillsborough County team last season. Litton, a 6-foot-6 quarterback, also has been a starter on Wharton's basketball team, which faces Plant in Friday night's 8A, District 7 title game.
The pair faces charges ranging from misdemeanor petty theft to third-degree felony grand theft to burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, a second-degree felony. Enos was arrested at Wharton by the school resource officer; Litton was taken into custody via a court order.
According to a Tampa Police Department report, Litton and Enos are charged with burglarizing unlocked vehicles and breaking into a garage while driving around the Hunter's Green/Heritage Isles area during the pre-dawn hours of Dec. 30.
They're accused of stealing some coins and a basketball from one unlocked vehicle, at least three sets of golf clubs, and some electronic devices. In subsequent interviews with both students and their families, they admitted to trying to pawn the golf clubs.
"We're trying to get through this together, just one day at a time," said Litton's older brother, Josh, serving as a family spokesman. "We knew (exposure from the arrest) was coming. We did our best to brace ourselves for all of it."
Reached Thursday afternoon, Enos' parents said Rocky cooperated with detectives, and subsequently apologized to his teammates, coaches and community.