Siena basketball player arrested for burglary on campus
COLONIE, N.Y. - The Colonie Police Department says they have arrested a Siena College basketball player for allegedly stealing a wallet from a townhouse on campus.
Police say 21-year-old Rakeem Brookins, of Jenkintown, P.A., was arrested for the burglary which occurred at Siena College Cushing Townhouse 100, at 515 Loudon Road.
The victim reported to police that an unknown person had entered the home sometime between Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, and stole a wallet containing a debit card and the personal identification of the victim.
The investigation was on-going by Colonie Police when investigators were called in by Siena College Public Safety Officials on Friday, April 12, stating that they had recovered the victim's stolen wallet in Siena College Cushing Townhouse 139, Brookins' residence.
Officers found the wallet inside Brookins' bedroom and later found the victim's stolen debit card and stolen Subway card in his pocket.
Brookins told police he went into the 100 townhouse to buy some marijuana. In a statement to police, he said "The door was unlocked and I went inside. I figured everyone was sleeping. I went upstairs to look for my friend and he was not there. I then turned my head and saw the wallet on the desk and then I took the wallet."
He then told officers it was a mistake, saying "One night I got drunk, sticky fingers, that's it."
Brookins is a redshirt sophomore guard for Siena and was the team's third leading scorer last season. He is expected to be the team's leading scorer next season.
As a result of the investigation, Brookins has been charged with Burglary 2nd and Grand Larceny 4th, both felonies.
Siena College released the following statement on Brookins' arrest:
"Siena College is aware of the situation involving Rakeem Brookins. The College is cooperating with the ongoing investigation being conducted by the Colonie Police Department. Any questions regarding that investigation should be directed to Colonie Police. Siena College has an obligation to protect the confidentiality of the educational records of all students. Therefore, the College will not provide any additional information or comment on any student disciplinary actions. Siena College will continue to evaluate the information as it becomes available."
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