TCU smart phone thief sentenced to seven months in state jail


    A man is serving a seven-month jail sentence after pleading guilty to a string of smart phone thefts in the TCU Rec Center.

    Tyriq Butler, 22, pled guilty to a theft of property under $1,500 and two prior convictions charge, which is a third degree felony. Butler was arrested in March on suspicion of stealing smart phones from the TCU Rec Center’s weight room.

    Butler, a resident of Pantego, Texas, entered the Rec Center with a stolen student ID. The ID belonged to a student, whose smart phone was also stolen by Butler.

    Butler was not a TCU student, according to TCU directory records. Butler graduated from Eastern Hills High School in 2010 and attended Tarrant County College for an unknown amount of time, according to his Facebook profile.

    Butler pled guilty to the theft charges in late April. With time previously served, Butler is scheduled for release from Hutchins State Jail on October 16, 2013, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s inmate database. He is not eligible for parole.

    Butler had multiple theft and burglary convictions before his arrest for the smart phone thefts, according to the Tarrant County District Clerk database.

    In 2009 and 2010, Butler was sentenced to a combined total of 120 days in jail for two convictions on theft of property between $50-$500. He served 36 days in jail for a separate theft charge in 2011, when he was convicted on theft of under $50 with a prior conviction.

    Butler was also convicted for a burglary charge in 2010, when he was sentenced to 50 days in jail for burglary of a vehicle, according to the database.