Student charged in connection with Rec Center wallet thefts

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    Elijah Herring, a first-year nursing major who was arrested on March 2 in connection with multiple incidents where wallets were stolen from the University Recreation Center, has been charged with theft in the amount of $50 to $500.

    Herring was suspected of being responsible for the majority of nine thefts that occurred in the Rec Center from mid to late February, Sgt. Kelly Ham of the TCU Police said.

    “He was only arrested on one count of theft,” Ham said.

    Herring is out on a $1,500 bond. His next court date has been set for May 28 at 10 a.m.

    “He is still enrolled at TCU,” Director of Strategic Communications Lisa Albert wrote in an email.

    Ham said the criminal investigations division of the TCU Police caught Herring by comparing the dates of reported thefts with student access to the gym. They also identified Herring on video in the act of stealing from wallets in the weight room.

    According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Herring confessed to stealing one wallet as well as the contents of four other wallets from the Rec Center in February.

    After he confessed, Herring took Ham to his dorm and turned over one of the wallets he had admitted to stealing.

    One of the complainants decided to file criminal charges against Herring for the theft of two $100 bills from his wallet.

    The punishment for theft in the amount of $50 to $500 is a fine not to exceed $2,000, confinement in jail not to exceed 180 days or both a fine and jail time, Ham said.