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LSU football player allegedly implicated in Cumming pawn shop burglary
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Tyler Taylor

An LSU linebacker has been suspended indefinitely by school athletic officials after it came to light he had been implicated in the burglary of a Cumming pawn shop that took place in early 2018.

According to The Advocate (Louisiana), on Wednesday LSU confirmed that Tyler Taylor, 19, of Buford had been suspended indefinitely after they learned Taylor was arrested in May for allegedly driving the getaway car that transported thieves to and from the burglary.

A City of Cumming incident report obtained by the FCN states that on Jan. 8 at about 2:50 a.m. Cumming Police Officers responded to an audible alarm at Pawnopoly, 580 Atlanta Road in Cumming and found that the front glass door of the business had been shattered and a large number of shotguns and rifles had been stolen.

The report states that once the business owner was located, authorities were given access to security camera footage that showed four individuals breaking in through the front window with a hammer and stealing five shotguns and three rifles before fleeing the scene.

By late May, the release states that Cumming police officers obtained warrants for four individuals, including Taylor, and a criminal complaint against one unnamed juvenile. According to the warrant against Taylor, he has been charged with three counts of being party to a crime, conspiracy to commit a crime and theft by receiving stolen property.

The report states that a cell phone search warrant showed that on the night of the burglary, Taylor’s phone allegedly “pinged at the pawn shop” placing him at the scene of the crime. Additionally, the report states that another suspect in the burglary told investigators that Taylor allegedly acted as the getaway driver.

Taylor self-surrendered to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office on May 31 and was arrested on the outstanding warrant, according to Cpl. Doug Rainwater of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. Rainwater said Taylor was released shortly after on a bond of $33,000.

Taylor’s bio on the LSU football website states he is a graduate of Lanier High School in Gwinnett County, and a sophomore studying Sports Administration. Taylor made an immediate impact as a freshman, appearing all 13 games for the Tigers last season with 32 tackles.