Felony theft charge dropped against UT football player
The felony theft charge against University of Tennessee offensive lineman Coleman Thomas was dismissed Wednesday after investigators determined that a video game system he was accused of stealing and later selling was taken by someone else.
"It appears that a rush to judgement was made charging Coleman Thomas with this offense," said his attorney Don Bosch. "Mr. Thomas did not commit any crime and was unaware that the Xbox and three video games in question had been stolen. He fully cooperated from the first minute he was notified by law enforcement, and it was unfortunate that such a hasty decision to charge Mr. Thomas was made solely by the University of Tennessee Police Department."
Authorities charged the 19-year-old sophomore last month. At the time, they said the alleged theft occurred at James Shelton's dorm room in Reese Hall on UT campus March 13, just before spring break. The victim told investigators he thought the theft occurred sometime that afternoon.
Thomas later sold the Xbox and games to Game Stop on Clinton Highway on the same day at about 6:15 p.m.