Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Two McKinney high school football players arrested for shoplifting at Walmart
Jonathan Shannon and Atoka Toregano were released from jail the next day.
MCKINNEY Two McKinney High School athletes were arrested for shoplifting at a McKinney Walmart on Saturday morning.
The loss-prevention unit at the store, at 2041 Redbud Blvd. in east McKinney, reported the incident to McKinney police around 9 a.m. McKinney High senior and two-sport standout, Jonathan "Red" Shannon, and McKinney High senior football player, Atoka Toregano, were "seen by loss prevention employees concealing merchandise in their clothing" at the store, according to a police incident report.
Shannon and Toregano were caught concealing $37.22 worth of merchandise, including four necklaces, two bracelets, four containers of flu/cold medication, two packages of condoms and two razors, the report lists.
Police responded to the store and arrested Shannon, 17, and Toregano, 18, shortly after 10 a.m. Because neither is a juvenile, they were booked into the Collin County Detention Center for theft under $50, a class C misdemeanor.
They were no longer in jail as of Sunday night. Sgt. Chad Barker of MPD said that many times those detained for such a charge often bond out within several hours.
McKinney ISD spokesperson Cody Cunningham said school district officials are waiting until they have more details of the incident before determining potential disciplinary measures.
"We have very little information at this time. This is a police matter, so it wouldn't be appropriate for us to respond to questions related to an arrest," Cunningham said Tuesday. "As it relates to district disciplinary issues or extracurricular participation, if action is warranted based upon the findings of an investigation, we respond to issues in accordance with district policy and our Co-Curricular/Extra-Curricular Contract."
Shannon was as an all-purpose offensive threat for the McKinney High football team last season. He led the team in rushing yards (691) and rushing touchdowns (five), and as a wide receiver had 50 catches for 738 yards and eight touchdowns.
Shannon led the Lions basketball team in points (16.4 per game) and assists (6.5 per game) this past season. He finished third on the team in rebounds with 105, averaging 3.8 per game.
Toregano played defensive back on the Lions football team.
The Walmart Supercenter where the two were arrested sees a fairly constant police presence because of shoplifting, police records show. Another person was arrested for shoplifting at the store Monday.
The McKinney Courier-Gazette previously reported that over a two-week span in November 2012, nearly 41 percent of 32 reported shoplifting cases were at one of three McKinney Walmart stores, with 25 percent at the Redbud location.
In that report, Deputy Chief Joe Ellenburg said, "We get a frequent amount of calls from there." He added that such frequency could stem more from an effective loss-prevention unit than from a higher number of occurrences at the store.
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