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Carver football players kicked off team after UGA thefts

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COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) -  Three Carver High School football players were sent to the Clarke County Jail. Authorities say they are suspected of stealing electronics from the University of Georgia.

Through an investigation conducted by the University of Georgia Police Department, three Carver High School football players are charged for stealing several iPhones and iPods from the UGA football locker room.

Marquise Hawkins, who was charged with two counts of theft by taking, Deion Bonner, who was charged with one count of theft by taking and a 16 year old, who was charged with three counts of theft by taking, were all issued warrants for their crime that took place during a visit to the university on April 8th.

Columbus Police did assist the Athens Police Department in the investigation, as the boys' homes were searched for the stolen items.

UGA Police tell News Leader Nine some of the iPods have since been recovered.

On top of jail time and contributing to their permanent criminal record, the boys are also facing consequences from the school. Valerie Fuller with communications for the Muscogee County School District said "The students are facing disciplinary actions from the carver High School football coach. They could also face consequences from the school district including a tribunal hearing, alternative school or suspension."

At this time the boys have been suspended from the football team. Their punishment from the school itself is being decided this week.

We're told the boys turned themselves in to the Clarke County Jail Monday morning and bonded out later that afternoon.

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