University of Miami Defensive Back Thomas Finnie Arrested in Campus Laptop Theft: Police

He was immediately suspended from the football program, the university said

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012  |  Updated 6:03 PM EDT
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University of Miami Hurricanes defensive back Thomas Finnie was arrested Tuesday for occupied burglary and grand theft in connection with last week's theft of a laptop from a dorm room on campus, police said.

Finnie, 21, entered a dorm room last Tuesday, Dec. 4 and took an Apple computer while the victim and a roommate were present, a Coral Gables Police arrest affidavit said.

Last Thursday, Finnie was interviewed by police “and provided a post-Miranda statement admitting to his involvement in the crimes,” according to the affidavit.

He was "immediately suspended from all University of Miami athletic activities" after the arrest, the university said. Finnie surrendered to University of Miami Police detectives, according to the affidavit.

A Coral Gables Police spokesman confirmed that Finnie is the second suspect to be taken into custody in connection with last week's campus laptop theft. That incident led to an incomplete emergency alert that was sent to the campus last Wednesday night, which the University of Miami subsequently apologized for.

Del'Necco Streeter, 21, who was found with the laptop in his possession, was arrested last week on charges of dealing in stolen property and resisting an officer without violence, according to police.

Finnie was being held on $17,500 bond Tuesday afternoon, online Miami-Dade Corrections records said. It was not immediately known whether he has an attorney.

Court records show it is Finnie's second legal matter in the past five months; he 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.

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