The Gainesville Sun's Robbie Andreu was first to report that Jessamen Dunker's arrest for grand theft auto comes because he stole a scooter.
Sources tell me Dunker was arrested for stealing a moped on campus. Trying to confirm that with UPD.— Robbie Andreu (@RobbieAndreu) January 16, 2013
247Sports' Thomas Goldkamp gets this quote from the University Police Department, which booked Dunker, confirming that it was a scooter that Dunker stole.
"He was observed by one of our police officers riding on a scooter that did not have a tag attached to the scooter," major Brad Barber said. "Traffic stop was initiated, and during that stop it was determined that he was driving on a license that had been suspended. He was aware of that. The scooter, in fact, was stolen."
Dunker's arrest on third-degree felony grand theft auto charges suggests that the vehicle stolen was worth more than $5,000. That seems a little on the high end for a scooter — and seems like the kind of loophole Gainesville legal eagle Huntley Johnson might be able to attack — but Dunker's in some deep, deep trouble regardless.
Update: See original story for why the previous is wrong and/or why I'm an idiot.
Florida is aware of the situation, too:
UF spokesman Steve McClain: coach is aware of the incident. He is on the road recruiting and will address it when he returns.— Robbie Andreu (@RobbieAndreu) January 16, 2013