Nebraska linebacker Josh Banderas charged in connection with bike theft

Wednesday May 14th, 2014

Nebraska linebacker Josh BanderasNebraska's Josh Banderas had 28 tackles and two sacks as a freshman last season. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Nebraska linebacker Josh Banderas was charged on Tuesday with felony theft after allegedly stealing seven bikes on campus.

Police said that a witness saw two people on Monday clipping bike locks with a bolt cutter and placing them in a truck, according to a report from the Lincoln Journal Star. Banderas and Lucas Kiefer, a member of the school’s track and field and cross country teams, were pulled over by police, who seized the bikes and bolt cutter. Banderas and Kiefer were taken to jail and released on Tuesday on $3,500 bond. They are scheduled to appear in court on June 17.

A former four-star recruit out of Lincoln's Southwest High, Banderas appeared in all 13 games and started four times for the Cornhuskers last season, with 28 tackles and two sacks. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound rising sophomore competed for first-team reps during spring practice.

An athletic department spokesman said that coaches and administrators were aware of the incident and had no comment.

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