LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man who once earned his way to a football scholarship at the University of Indiana is now in jail after police say he broke into a store and stole one adult magazine early Wednesday.
Because police say he broke into a building, he faces a state-jail felony charge, even though he stole just one magazine.
Mandela Ray Roberts, 25, graduated from Lufkin High School in 2006, where he played linebacker and was named to the all-state second team his senior year. He then played college ball at the University of Indiana in the Big 10 Conference for at least two years.
According to the police report, a witness reported to police that a man was burglarizing Video Latina, located at 430 Atkinson Drive, at 1:50 a.m.
The witness described the suspect as a black male wearing a black shirt and a ski mask. The witness said the suspect ran from the building, running towards Dixon Furniture on Atkinson Drive, and that the suspect was carrying an unidentified item.
Lufkin PD officers arrived in the area and began searching for the suspect. An officer responded to Video Latina and determined that a burglary had occurred, noting that the suspect broke into the building by damaging a glass pane at the front of the building.
An officer located Roberts running along the roadway in the 200 block of North Second Street, according to the report. Roberts was wearing a long black shirt, black pants, and white shoes, according to the report. Roberts stopped running and spoke with the officer, and the officer found a plastic-wrapped adult magazine on the ground near Roberts and a black ski mask tucked into the waistband of Robert's pants, according to the report.
Officers reviewed video captured by cameras at Video Latina and reported seeing Roberts use a brick to break the glass at the front of the building, reaching into the business and stealing a magazine then runningnorthwesterly along Atkinson Drive, removing the ski mask from his face as he went.
The arrest is Roberts' 10th since 2007, according to Angelina County Jail records.