AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn defensive end Elijah Daniel and two former university athletes were arrested Wednesday on multiple counts of theft and burglary.
Daniel was arrested along with DeNorris James and Khalil Sellers. All three were booked on four counts of theft of property (ranging from first to third degree) and four counts of burglary (one second degree and three third degree). All three are eligible for a $24,000 bond.
The four burglary charges and two of the theft charges are felonies.
The arrests were the culmination of a monthlong investigation by the Auburn Police Department into a series of thefts and burglaries at the South Donahue Residence Hall. According to a release from the Auburn police, the dorm, where many of Auburn's football players reside, had reported "several burglaries and thefts" on March 29, just as students were returning to campus after spring break. In the release, residents reported to police investigators that someone had "unlawfully entered several dorm rooms" and "stole various electronic devices and jewelry" at some point during spring break.
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Daniel, James and Sellers, who all live in the residence hall, emerged as suspects. After police detectives searched several residences, the stolen electronics and jewelry were recovered. While additional charges are possible, Auburn police said there are no other suspects in the case.
"I am aware of the situation and Elijah has been suspended indefinitely from our team," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement released by the athletics department Wednesday.
James, a local product who played at Smiths Stations High School, was listed as a walk-on linebacker when the Tigers released their initial spring roster. He is no longer listed on the team's updated roster online, however.
Sellers, who hails from Aurora, Colo., had once walked on to Auburn's track team as a sprinter. He is not listed on the most recent roster on the athletics department website.
Daniel appeared in all 13 games for the Tigers last season, recording 15 tackles (3.5 for loss) and a sack. He also tied for the team lead (along with fellow lineman Montravius Adams) in quarterback hurries with 17.
And after seeing what he had done this spring, Adams was expecting big things from Daniel this fall.
"Really, I'm trying to see where Elijah is going to play, because like, he's gained a couple of pounds — they wanted everybody to hit a certain weight — and right now, he's probably 280, 285," Adams said. "So I'm trying to see if he's going to be by me, or if he's going to stay at end. I know Elijah's a good player. He's going to do whatever it takes."