Price arrested in connection with theft in dorm

Updated: August 22, 2005, 5:01 PM ET
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Connecticut guard A.J. Price, who sat out his freshman season after suffering a near-fatal blood vessel abnormality in his brain, was arrested Friday in connection with the theft of laptop computers at the university.

The 19-year-old Price, a highly touted sophomore, surrendered to police and was charged with three felony larceny charges and with lying to police, a misdemeanor.

Investigators did not say whether Price stole the computers, but they said Price and two others had tried to sell them. Two were found in Price's room, police said.

"Due to the fact that this is an ongoing legal matter and a University Student Code of Conduct situation, there can be no further comment at this time," the athletic department said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear what the arrest meant for Price's status on the Huskies.

Price originally denied knowing the laptops were in his room, police said. When confronted with incriminating cellular phone text messages, police said Price confessed to knowing they were there.

Price was released on a $10,000 bond and is due in court on Aug. 23. The larceny charges carry a penalty of up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines.

According to police, four computers were taken from rooms in UConn's Charter Oak Suites dormitory between June 9 and 15. Price lives at Charter Oak Suites, the university confirmed.

All the computers have been recovered, police said.

The university and UConn basketball community rallied around Price, a 6-foot-2 guard, when he was diagnosed with arteriovenous malformations, or AVM, after suffering a near-fatal brain hemorrhage in October.

According to Newsday, Price is enrolled in summer school but, as of late June, had not yet been medically cleared to play.

He spent several days in critical condition at Hartford Hospital last fall. He returned to class during the winter.

AVM is marked by masses of abnormal blood vessels which grow in the brain. It can develop or malform into a mass capable of bleeding. Price had radiosurgery, which uses a focused beam of radiation to eliminate the mass, at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston.

A top national recruit when he was signed out of high school, Price led Amityville (N.Y.) to two state championships and averaged 28.5 points as a senior. He was expected to shore up UConn's backcourt, which lost Ben Gordon and Taliek Brown from the 2004 national championship team.

Teammate Marcus Williams is being investigated for a similar theft on campus but has not been charged. UConn coach Jim Calhoun told ESPN.com last week that police would not address Williams' situation until he returns later this month from Argentina, where he is playing for Team USA in the men's Under 21 World Championships.

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