Miami CB Thomas Finnie arrested
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Miami cornerback Thomas Finnie was arrested Tuesday on charges of grand theft and burglary, and has been suspended indefinitely from the football program.
Police said Finnie surrendered to authorities one week after he allegedly entered a dorm room and stole a laptop, and has confessed.
According to the statutes cited on the arrest affidavit released by Coral Gables police, the burglary charge is a second-degree felony because the dorm room was allegedly occupied by the laptop's owner and a roommate, and the theft charge is a third-degree felony because the value of the stolen merchandise was listed between $300 and $5,000.
The university said Finnie was "immediately suspended from all University of Miami athletic activities" following the arrest. It was unknown if he had obtained an attorney.
Finnie surrendered to campus police and was taken to jail in Miami for booking, officials said, with preliminary bond amounts set at $12,500 on the burglary charge and $5,000 for the theft charge.
Court records show it's his second legal matter in the past five months; Finnie was charged in July with possessing a small amount of marijuana and entered a pretrial diversion program before the case was closed in late November.
Finnie appeared in 23 games over his first two seasons with the Hurricanes, who finished this season 7-5 and in a three-way tie atop the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division. Miami self-imposed a postseason ban for the second straight year because of an ongoing NCAA investigation into the athletic department's compliance practices.
Finnie started half of Miami's 12 games this season, making 30 tackles and one interception.
Under Florida law, second-degree felony charges can carry a maximum prison sentence of up to 15 years, and third-degree felonies can bring a sentence of up to five years.
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