CORAL GABLES (CBSMiami) – Coral Gables police have made a second arrest in the theft of a laptop computer at the University of Miami and the suspect is a football player.
Miami cornerback Thomas Finnie is facing a grand theft charge and has been suspended indefinitely from the football program.
It all began Tuesday Dec. 4th at the Pearson Dorm on UM’s campus when someone stole a laptop belonging to former redshirt defensive back Robert Wright.
Wright placed an electronic message on the laptop screen that read, “If you return my laptop, I’ll give you a thousand dollars.”
The next day, he received a call from a blocked number. The caller advised ‘I have your laptop. I want the thousand dollars.’” Coral Gables police officer Dean Wellinghoff said.
With the help of University Police, Wright was involved in a sting at the campus arena, the Bank United Center where suspect Del’Neco Streeter appeared with another person, said police. Police said Streeter handed over the laptop to Wright and asked for the cash. When officers suddenly appeared Streeter took off. He was eventually captured and the second suspect was never located until now.
Thomas Finnie surrendered to campus police Tuesday and was eventually taken to the Miami-Dade County Jail.
He’s charged with Occupied Burglary and Grand Theft.
Finnie has appeared in 23 games over his first two seasons with the Hurricanes.