LARAMIE -- Two former University of Wyoming athletes who were kicked off their respective teams after their Oct. 23 arrests have since been charged with larceny-related crimes, according to the affidavits of probable cause filed in an Albany County court in Laramie.
Former Wyoming men’s basketball player Shakir Smith faces one felony count of larceny for what authorities say is his involvement in a burglary that occurred in the early morning hours of Sept. 29.
Former Wyoming wrestler Patrick Martinez faces one misdemeanor count of wrongful taking or disposing of property because law enforcement said he had possession of a stolen TV that belonged to the University of Wyoming athletic department.
At about 2 a.m. on Sept. 29, Laramie Police arrived at a residence in the 1200 block of North 17th Street in Laramie to investigate a report of a burglary. Three female residents reported the following missing items -- a black backpack, an "I Home" computer component, a PlayStation 3 gaming console, a sliver Apple laptop computer, a Nike Watch, a diamond ring, an Apple Ipod, an Apple Ipad and $100 in cash.
A resident of the home whose laptop had been taken told police she tracked the computer’s serial number using software designed to locate missing items. The registered name of the laptop had been changed to “Shakir’s Macbook” and its location was traced to The Grove apartment complex in the 3500 block of Willett Street in Laramie. One of the residents told police that Smith was a friend of Martinez, her boyfriend. All of the residents told police they had given not given anyone permission to be in the house or take items.
According to court documents, Smith told Laramie police in an Oct. 23 interview that he and Martinez entered an unlocked North 17th Street residence that belonged to Martinez’s girlfriend at about midnight on Sept. 29.
Smith told police Martinez told him to “take whatever you want,” according to the documents. Smith said he took a silver Apple laptop computer and a Nike watch. He also said Martinez left the residence with a backpack that “looked to have something inside of it.”
Smith consented to a search of his apartment, and police located a black Nike watch that Smith identified as the one reported missing. Smith told police he had entered personal information into the silver Apple laptop computer before disposing of it in a community trash bin at his apartment complex.
Police arrested Smith after concluding he entered a residence and took property worth more than $1,000. If convicted, Smith could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Martinez, according to a court affidavit, denied any involvement in the burglary at his girlfriend's residence. Officials said he was“in possession of a stolen TV from the UW athletic department.” The approximate value of the TV was $800. If convicted of the misdemeanor, Martinez could face up to six months in prison, a fine no greater than $750, or both. His appearance in Albany County Circuit Court is scheduled for Nov. 12.
Both Smith and Martinez have pleaded guilty to charges in Laramie before.
Smith -- a sophomore reserve guard from Tucson, Ariz., on the Wyoming basketball team before he was released last week -- was involved in an April 15 fight that included UW senior forward Leonard Washington (Washington later pleaded guilty to charges of criminal entry and battery and has since been reinstated in full to the UW basketball team). Smith pleaded guilty to a criminal entry charge for his involvement in that incident.
Martinez -- a junior who was one of Wyoming’s top returning wrestlers this season -- plead guilty to a charge of unlawful contact in October of 2010.