UC police officers arrested a UCSB men’s soccer player Thursday afternoon after he allegedly attempted to steal textbooks from the UCSB Bookstore.
Around noon, bookstore security cameras allegedly recorded senior forward and political science major Jonathan Davis placing a book he had not paid for in his bag. UCPD Sgt. Mark Signa said Davis admitted he had been stealing the book when store employees approached him. Davis was arrested and immediately booked in the Santa Barbara County Jail on one felony count of attempted burglary.
Signa said store employees recognized Davis on the security tapes as someone they had previously noticed stealing books but were never able to detain. He said Davis told officers he had stolen textbooks from the campus bookstore in the past and had been selling them back to I.V. Bookstore for money.
Despite the arrest, Signa said that Davis was compliant throughout his questioning.
“He was very cooperative with both the officers and the staff at the bookstore,” Signa said.
Davis, a transfer student from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is currently first on the team and second in the Big West Division in points. His current status with the team is unknown.
Men’s soccer Head Coach Tim Vom Steeg was not available for comment Thursday night. Davis declined comment.