LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska linebacker Josh Banderas told campus police he and a member of the men's track team planned to sell the bicycles they stole from racks near university housing units.
Banderas and distance runner Lucas Keifer's scheme is outlined in a probable cause affidavit released Wednesday.
Banderas and Keifer were arrested for felony theft Monday after police received a report of men cutting bike locks and loading bikes into the bed of a pickup.
Officer Aaron Pemberton wrote Banderas "stated they took the bikes because he saw signs posted on the racks that UNL would cut the bikes after a certain date and take them as abandoned property." Banderas said the plan was to sell the seven bikes over the Internet.
Banderas and Keifer are charged with possession of burglary tools and theft by unlawful taking. Each was released on a $3,500 bond.
The athletic department said in a statement that administrators and coaches are aware of the incident and have no comment.
Petersen said Banderas and Keifer were cooperative, with one telling an officer stealing the bikes was "bone-headed."