The same afternoon former Tennessee tight end Cameron Clear was found in possession of a stolen laptop at Neyland Stadium, a search warrant for 10 items totaling $5,170 was executed on Clear's Gibbs Hall dorm room.
The search, however, came up empty. A search online by police, turned up plenty.
According to a warrant issued by University of Tennessee Police Department following Clear's arrest on the afternoon of May 22, none of the 10 missing items were discovered in his room.
The affidavit submitted by detective Amanda Crum in the warrant's application states, "Clear has also posted listings on several websites stating he had items matching the general description of the stolen items for sale."
That list is lengthy.
The property in the affidavit coincides with 10 of 12 items included on a theft report filed on May 19 by five UT baseball players as well as a missing laptop reported by Galen Campbell, a walk-on member of last season's UT men's basketball team. The report was obtained by the News Sentinel through an open records request.
The two items not listed on the baseball player's theft report were the MacBook Pro laptop and charger being used by Clear at the time of his arrest. That laptop matched the serial number of the MacBook Pro reported stolen by UT pitcher Brandon Zajac.
Clear was caught with the stolen property when he logged into the university's Wi-Fi system, alerting officials.
Zajac and the other four baseball players — first-baseman/outfielder Richard Carter, who's no longer on the team, pitcher Robbie Kidd, infielder Will Maddox and pitcher Connor Stevens — reported a burglary of their dorm rooms on May 19. Maddox and Kidd shared a room in Gibbs, as did Sevens and Carter.
Carter reported a missing MacBook Pro valued at $1,200; Stevens reported a HP Pavilion laptop and headphones worth a combined $1,150; Kidd reported a missing small flatscreen television, a Sony Vaio laptop and an XBox worth a combined $800; Maddox reported a MacBook Pro, a computer case and high-end headphones valued jointly
The laptop belonging to Maddox was valued at 1,358.93 in the theft report, but $1,200 in the warrant.
Campbell, a former standout at Fulton High School, filed a police report on March 11 after his Toshiba laptop valued at $500 went missing from his room. Its description matches the Toshiba laptop included in the May 22 warrant.
That burglary was believed by police to correlate with robberies of three other UT athletes living at Gibbs.
Three days after Campbell's laptop was stolen, Brandon Lopez, a UT basketball walk-on from Austin-East, reported a PlayStation 3 valued at $600 missing from his room.
One month later and two days before UT's Orange and White Game on April 21, UT football players Da'Rick Rogers and Michael Palardy contacted police. In a seven-hour span, Rogers told police his MacBook Pro valued at $1,300 was taken from his room and Palardy said his MacBook Pro valued at $1,840 vanished along with a computer charger.
Clear, 19, faces a felony charge of theft up to $10,000 in connection with the theft of Zajac's laptop. He is free on $2,500 bond and scheduled for a July 11 court date.
The 6-foot-6, 283-pound tight end from Memphis was dismissed by UT coach Derek Dooley on May 25. Considered a future star in the 2011 signing class, he appeared in 12 games as a freshman, catching one pass.
Clear is now expected to continue to his football career at Arizona Western College. Coach Tom Minnick told the News Sentinel in a June 5 e-mail that Clear will be on the junior college campus in July.
Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/BFQuinn