Finally, the long national nightmare in Athens is over. Over the weekend, you mightve have seen the story that former UGA linebacker and 2018 top-10 pick, Roquan Smith, had his game-worn UGA jerseys (National Championship, Rose Bowl & SEC Championship game-worn jerseys, I might add) along with a helmet and some other memorabilia stolen right out of his car in Athens. Well, after some top-notch investigative work mixed with this kid being a terrible criminal, the items were recovered and the culprit has turned himself in.
Turns out he was a Georgia student and most importantly, a traitor of epic proportions. Buddy, I think it’s time to break out the transfer papers. Likely to Auburn.
Police have arrested a 20-year-old man accused of stealing items that belonged to former University of Georgia football star Roquan Smith.
Landyn Shane Durham, a UGA student, was charged with two counts of entering auto and surrendered late Thursday, according to Officer Epifanio Rodriguez with Athens-Clarke County police. Durham was released early Friday after posting $22,200 bond, jail records showed.
During the investigation, detectives learned of a second theft Saturday morning at The Mack apartment deck, Rodriguez said. A second vehicle, which was also unlocked, belonged to UGA lacrosse player Austin Eiseman and also had items taken from it, including his jersey for the club team, police said. Durham is accused of stealing items from both athletes’ cars.
Officers called to the Athens complex Saturday morning were able to get fingerprints from Smith’s vehicle and identified Durham as the suspect, Rodriguez said.
I’m always fascinated with these cases of stolen memorabilia because I’m interested in what this kid’s game plan was? Was he going to sell it? If you do it online, you immediately get caught. That’s out the window. If you do it anywhere in the state of Georgia, people will immediately turn on the kid in order to get Roquan his stuff back. So I’m not sure what exactly he was planning to do here. One way or another he was going down.