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Police track down suspect who stole items from former UGA, NFL star

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Source: Roquan Smith on Twitter Source: Roquan Smith on Twitter
(Source: Athens-Clarke County Police Department) (Source: Athens-Clarke County Police Department)
(Source: Athens-Clarke County Police Department) (Source: Athens-Clarke County Police Department)
ATHENS, GA (CBS46) -

Less than one week after University of Georgia memorabilia was stolen out of the car of former football star Roquan Smith, police have made an arrest.

Landyn Durham, 20, is at the center of one of the most talked about arrests in Bulldog Country.

“As we spoke to him, he admitted to committing the entering auto,” said Officer Epifanio Rodriguez with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.

Police charged Durham with entering Smith’s car and stealing his UGA gear, belongings that were priceless to #3. 

“Well, I can tell you that the first responding officer, one of the questions that is prominent in a case like this that is asked is what is the estimated value of the equipment or property that was taken? And his response was he couldn’t put a value on it because the stuff was so special to him,” said Officer Rodriguez.

Investigators working the case said fingerprints found on the car led them to the suspect. That’s when they discovered that Durham had also stolen items from the car of UGA lacrosse player Austin Eiseman.

“Our detectives with property crimes were informed that there was a hit off one of the prints that was pulled from the vehicle, and the hit came back to a residence here in Athens,” said Officer Rodriguez.

Police tracked down Durham at his home and retrieved some of the items, like watches and Bluetooth equipment.

As for the stolen jerseys?

“The jerseys and the helmet, however, were not on scene, and we were able to talk to him more, and he told us that he took the jerseys and the helmet up to a family member who lives in Summerville,” said Officer Rodriguez. 

One family member told CBS46 that Durham is a good kid who made a stupid mistake.

“From what I understand from the Summerville Police Department, the family member was shocked at the fact that the equipment was stolen,” said Officer Rodriguez.

Police tell CBS46 they will continue their investigation, but at this point they do not intend to charge any family members in Summerville, where some of the stolen items were stored.

Smith posted a video on Twitter, thanking the officers for their efforts in catching Durham.

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