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Columbus football players arrested for thefts at UGA

Deion Bonner (Source: Clarke County Jail) Deion Bonner (Source: Clarke County Jail)
Marquise Hawkins (Source: Clarke County Jail) Marquise Hawkins (Source: Clarke County Jail)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – News Leader 9 is following a developing story out of Athens, Georgia.

The University of Georgia confirms football players with ties to Columbus are behind bars facing theft charges.   

Two Carver High football players and a juvenile were arrested Monday morning around 9:00 a.m. after reports of thefts in the University of Georgia football locker room.

We are told that Junior Carver High defensive back, Deion Bonner, sophomore running back Marquise Hawkins, and another teen turned themselves in at Clarke County Jail after warrants for their arrest were issued.

Bonner faces one count of theft by taking, while Hawkins faces two counts of theft by taking. The juvenile, who is under 17 years of age, faces three counts of theft by taking.

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Police reports show the thefts occurred on April 7, while the players were on a recruiting visit.  Property worth almost $2,000 were stolen from the lockers of Georgia football players Jamal Allen, Kenarious Gates, Arby Jones, Jordan Love, Rhett McGowan, Alexander Ogletree, and Quintin Williams.

Reports indicate some of the items were recovered following a probe of a Columbus home last week.  Of the eight items stolen, some of the items recovered include iPods, iPhones and accessories.

Bonner recently received scholarship offers from several schools. It's not known at this time how the latest developments will affect his educational future.

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