Once again, it’s time to hit the reset button on the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker.
The latest to trigger the movement back to double zeroes is BYU’s Sione Takitaki, who was charged by university police, the Salt Lake Tribune reported, with two counts of misdemeanor theft. It’s alleged that Takitaki (pictured, left, No. 16)swiped apparel from the Cougar soccer and track teams as he performed his duties as part of the custodial staff at Smith Fieldhouse.
The alleged thefts occurred in the middle of last month, and totaled nearly $500 — a track jacket worth $200, $280 worth of soccer apparel. Video surveillance aided in the investigation.
“We are aware of the situation, and it is being reviewed,” BYU football spokesman Brett Pyne said according to the Tribune. “It will be addressed appropriately.”
This is the second off-field incident involving Takitaki during his year or so with the program.
He was dismissed from the football program last July, with the newspaper describing the incident that triggered the dismissal as the linebacker being “involved in a fight in the campus dorms last summer just days after moving to Provo.” He was allowed back on the team after a vote by his teammates and ended up playing in 11 games as a true freshman, finishing tied for third with three sacks.
Takitaki, a three-star 2014 recruit, is/was a potential starter heading into summer camp.