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Former UH basketball player arrested in alleged burglary ring

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:35 p.m. HST, Nov 30, 2012

MINEOLA, N.Y. >> Four Hofstra University basketball players, including former University of Hawaii guard Shaquille Stokes, were arrested today on burglary charges stemming from dormitory room break-ins, police said.

Detectives said the players were charged in six burglaries that occurred between Oct. 4 and Nov. 5, but they suspect there have been numerous other thefts starting at the beginning of the semester, including from basketball coach Mo Cassara. 

The players haven’t been charged in the theft of Cassara’s property, although the inquiry is ongoing. Cassara did not immediately comment through a university spokeswoman.

Those who reported thefts say electronic items, cash and credit cards were stolen. Nassau County Detective Lt. Raymond Cote said he expected publicity about the arrests to prompt students who may have thought they simply lost laptop computers, iPads and cellphones to now come forward and report the items stolen.

Cote said some of the stolen items were sold on Craigslist and elsewhere, but he estimated that $10,000 worth of equipment had been recovered since the players’ arrest on Thursday. Many of the items vanished from common rooms in dormitory suites, where doors were often left unlocked, Cote said.

The arrested players were Stokes, 20, of Manhattan, Kentrell Washington, 18, of Las Vegas; Jimmy Hall, 18, of Brooklyn; and Dallas Anglin, 18, of Montclair, N.J. Each pleaded not guilty at his arraignment today.

(Stokes signed with Hawaii out of Lincoln High School in New York and played his freshman season with the Rainbow Warriors. He played in 30 games and started 12 for UH in the 2011-12 season, averaged 8.4 points and 2.2 assists per game. He left the program in the off-season and returned home to be closer to his family.

(UH coach Gib Arnold said, "It sounds like it's an unfortunate situation. I don't have all the details, so I don't feel it's appropriate for me to (comment further) on ... alleged allegations.")

Hall, a freshman, is Hofstra’s No. 2 scorer. He and Stokes, a sophomore, started in six of the team’s seven games this season. Washington and Anglin, both freshmen, have seen regular playing time off the bench.

In a statement, the university said the four had been suspended from the basketball team, classes, residence halls and facilities, pending the outcome of the case.  

Melissa Connolly, Hofstra’s vice president of university relations, said the public safety department worked with Nassau County police since the investigation began.

Stokes was charged with five counts of second-degree burglary. Washington was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary. Hall was charged with four counts of second degree burglary. Anglin was charged with one count of second-degree burglary and one count of tampering with physical evidence. 

A recording for an attorney for Washington and Stokes said the phone number was no longer in service. Anglin’s attorney did not immediately return a phone message and Hall was represented by an attorney from Legal Aid, which has a policy of not commenting on pending cases.

The team, which competes in the Colonial Athletic Association, is 3-4 this season. It is scheduled to play Southern Methodist University in a home game on Saturday.

Last month, Hofstra suspended two other players, Taran Buie and Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, for violating team rules. The suspensions were for two preseason events and two regular-season games. Hofstra cited student privacy laws in providing no further information in that case.

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busterb wrote:
Well he said he was leaving to be closer to his Grandma. I hope she works in the prison laundry.
on November 30,2012 | 10:52AM
kailua000 wrote:
on November 30,2012 | 06:44PM
Morimoto wrote:
I assume Shaq is on scholarship. A scholarship is a ticket to a free education. Most college players won't play professionally, much less in the NBA so a scholarship allows them to go to college and prepare them for a career after basketball. Now he throws it all away for some selfish, shortsighted gain. Talk about dumb.
on November 30,2012 | 11:10AM
serious wrote:
Yes, but it is the same mentality that voted for Barry and Mazie.
on November 30,2012 | 01:28PM
jimmyhouse67 wrote:
Did your comment even make any sense? Not too much of a sore loser are you. Sorry, you're just a loser period.
on November 30,2012 | 01:49PM
walaau808 wrote:
Guess you should've stayed in Hawaii...
on November 30,2012 | 11:16AM
satcat808 wrote:
Maybe theft at UH went own after he left....
on November 30,2012 | 11:26AM
wayam wrote:
Coach Arnold - Nice substitution.
on November 30,2012 | 11:39AM
false wrote:
Being closer to his family apparently wasn't so conducive to him after all. But as buster points out it now can be as his Grandma can bring him home baked items for the holidays. Just wasn't able to stick it out here. No problem not always for everyone to be so far from home. o
on November 30,2012 | 11:47AM
kennie1933 wrote:
Yes, too bad. It COULD also have worked the other way if grandma told him to stay in Hawaii. I sent my son to the mainland for school. None of his friends went with him. He graduated because there was nothing to distract him. Yeah, intramural sports, occasional visits to the mall, workouts at the gym.... None of his HS friends have graduated from UH. In fact, three dropped out and two are still there off and on. All they did was party every weekend and some weeknights. I know because my son joined them when he came home for breaks but as soon as he went back, it was all business.
on November 30,2012 | 04:37PM
kailua000 wrote:
great point kennie - I sent my children away too. Told them home will always be here. They came back while their friends (all private school kids) were sitting on the beach drinking beer talking about their h.s. football days. Now my boys have degrees and 1/2 their friends have them - the half that went away. The others are on the 10 year UH plan.
on November 30,2012 | 06:47PM
kailua000 wrote:
you get closer to your family and friends you get closer to the bad element you grew up with.
on November 30,2012 | 06:45PM
Bowwar wrote:
Sad story in many ways...Couldn't get the "streets" out of Shaq, so this may possibly end his collegiate career. Gib must be breathing a sigh of relief.
on November 30,2012 | 01:00PM
usahwn wrote:
Really sad to see one with the opportunity to rise out of the "streets" of ny and fall back. I feel so bad for those who do not take advantage of opportunities.
on November 30,2012 | 05:08PM
SteveToo wrote:
And why is this news in Hawai`i? Just because the kid once went to school here? Must be a slow day for news to put this junk in the paper. Who cares????????????????
on November 30,2012 | 05:09PM
niimi wrote:
A lot depends upon who you hang out with. Shaq Stokes hung out with the wrong crowd. He's an adult and now about to be charged as a felon. A conviction will haunt him the rest of his life. Too bad.
on November 30,2012 | 07:18PM
ski3779 wrote:
Coach Gib must be thankful, the kid went back home. Coach Gib does not need this kind of headache. Or, this kind of interruption to a team that seems so close knit.
on November 30,2012 | 07:33PM
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