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Siena hoops star charged in theft

Siena hoops star charged in theft

A Siena basketball player set for a key role next season was arrested Friday night for allegedly ste
Siena hoops star charged in theft
Rakeem J. Brookins

A Siena basketball player set for a key role next season was arrested Friday night for allegedly stealing a wallet.

Rakeem Brookins, 21, of Jenkintown, Pa., who plays guard and was the team’s third-leading scorer, faces two felonies based on a Colonie Police Department investigation.

Officers were called to a Cushing Townhouse bedroom at Siena College on April 6 to investigate a missing wallet. The victim claimed someone came into his room sometime Saturday night and took it.

On April 12, campus police allegedly found the wallet in Brookins’ bedroom, also in Siena’s Cushing Townhouse complex. The victim’s debit and Subway cards were reportedly found in his pocket.

Brookins was arrested and sent to Albany County Correctional Facility on charges of second-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny. He has since posted bail.

Brookins was expected to be a key player next season as the team adjusts to new head coach Jimmy Patsos.

His college basketball career so far has been checkered with back injuries and one suspension for an undisclosed violation of athletic department policy.

The 5-foot-10 guard was supposed to be a starter all last season for Siena, but bulging and herniated discs in his back kept him out of uniform for 12 of the Saints’ 32 games.

Even so, he finished the year healthy, at one point making a three-point shot at the buzzer to break the team’s two-month losing streak and earn a top eight spot for Geico’s college basketball Play of the Year.

Status unclear

Siena spokesman Ken Jubie could not comment on whether the charges will affect Brookins’ status as a player, saying “right now we’re waiting to see how everything shakes out.”

He also released an official college statement.

“The College is cooperating with the ongoing investigation being conducted by the Colonie Police Department … Siena College has an obligation to protect the confidentiality of the educational records of all students. Therefore, the college will not provide any additional information or comment on any student disciplinary actions. Siena College will continue to evaluate the information as it becomes available.”

Brookins is scheduled to appear in Colonie Justice Court today at 6 p.m.

Reach Gazette reporter John Enger at 212-6225 or jenger@dailygazette.net.

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