Three Texas Tech players charged with burglary

LUBBOCK, Texas — Three Texas Tech football players face burglary charges after being accused of breaking into a house and leaving with a laptop computer and an iPod, police said Tuesday.

Defensive end Rashad Hunt, offensive lineman Dimitri Lott and linebacker Julius Howard, all redshirt freshmen, were arrested about 3 a.m. Friday.

Efforts to reach attorneys representing the players were unsuccessful Tuesday.

None of the players has been dismissed or suspended, and Tech coach Mike Leach said he wasn’t aware of the allegations until Monday.

“We wait until a guy’s guilty,” Leach said. “But if we’re certain somebody’s guilty, we may act sooner.”

A man at the home called police after he saw two men leaving the front door then noticed the electronics gear missing. Officers arrested the three after stopping a car matching the one described by the man at the home, then found items believed to be from the home, police said.

Hunt, Dimitri and Howard were arraigned Saturday on charges of burglary of a habitation and released on $3,500 bond.

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