HAVELOCK, CRAVEN COUNTY - A Havelock High School football star will not be suiting up against New Bern Friday night after he was arrested for allegedly stealing electronics from an elementary school.
Michael James Bowman, 18, a star wide receiver for the Havelock Rams, was arrested Friday morning, said the Havelock Police Department.
Rams Coach Jim Bob Bryant told NewsChannel 12 Bowman will not be playing Friday night versus the New Bern Bears.
Police said Bowman is accused of stealing 16 iPads and iPods from Arthur W. Edwards Elementary School at 200 Educational Lane in Havelock. Investigators said a school employee told them of the thefts on Aug. 7.
Police said the thefts occurred between June 9 and July 16 while Bowman was employed by a private company contracted to clean the school.
Bowman allegedly stole six iPads and two iPods belonging to the school, and eight other iPods belonging to a school employee, said investigators.
Bowman is charged with 16 counts of misdemeanor larceny, Havelock Police said.
Coach Bryant said he could not comment on the allegations against Bowman.
Bowman is a senior wide receiver for the Havelock Rams who verbally committed in March to play for the University of South Carolina.
The Rams versus New Bern football game begins at 7 p.m. Friday at Havelock High School.
The Havelock Rams are the three-time defending 3A state champs who have won 31 straight games. Bowman has been a member of all three championship teams. He has been playing on the varsity team since he was a freshman.
Bowman was also a starter for the Rams' basketball team that went to the Eastern Regional Semifinals in March.