Inside a Tiger Stadium locker room on Thursday night, police found someone who didn’t belong.
The teenager, Rodney Hamilton, was chewing on beef jerky he allegedly stole from the LSU football team’s locker room when he told investigators he was a McKinley High School basketball player who had permission to lift weights there, according to LSU police.
But he wasn’t a high school basketball player, and he wasn’t allowed to be in the weight room.
McKinley’s head basketball coach, Marvin Dodson, said Friday that Hamilton was a student who tried out for the team in the fall but didn’t make the cut.
When police searched Hamilton on Thursday night, they found some prescription pills that didn’t belong to him and a small amount of heroin, police said. And then, when investigators questioned Hamilton on Friday about some basketball shoes previously reported stolen from a locker room in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Hamilton told them the shoes were at his house, police said.
When investigators went to his West McKinley Street home Friday, they found two pairs of missing LSU basketball shoes, police said.
Hamilton, 17, told detectives he entered the athletic venues through unsecured doors, said Capt. Cory Lalonde, an LSU police spokesman.
When asked whether he used the drugs, Hamilton told police he only carried them to sell.
Lalonde said police have no reason to believe Hamilton intended or attempted to sell any of the drugs to any LSU athlete. Lalonde also said detectives don’t have any reason to believe the allegations against Hamilton have anything to do with some reportedly game-worn official LSU cleats and gloves that recently were sold on eBay.
Other team member possessions, including more shoes and an iPad, are still missing. Hamilton said he didn’t take the iPad, and police didn’t find it or the other shoes inside his home, police said.
The drugs found in Hamilton’s possession included less than a gram of heroin and a pill bottle containing several antibiotic pills and one anti-anxiety pill, according to a police report.
Police booked Hamilton into Parish Prison on counts of simple burglary, possession with intent to distribute Schedule I and Schedule II drugs and possession of a legend drug. His bail was set at $27,500.
Advocate staff writer Robin Fambrough contributed to this report.