Janes (Turkey) Tillman, reserve basketball player for the University of Maryland, was arrested on the campus yesterday and charged with four counts of petty larceny.
Tillman was taken before the Prince George's County District Court commissioner in Hyattsville and held in lieu of $1,000 bond. Petty larceny, a misdemeanor, is punishable by a fine of up to $100 or up to 18 months in jail, or both, and resitution must be made.
According to Maryland's public information office, the 6-foot-4 Tillman, a former All-Met and All-America at Eastern High in Washington, was arrested at 11:12 a.m. by campus police in the university's undergraduate library and charged in connection with the theft of four wallets from purses.
The 20-year old Tillman, a junior, has had an up-and-down career at Maryland. He played well in spots as a freshman. The past season, Tillman was suspended from the squad by coach Lefty Driesell for refusing to enter a game in the waning minutes. Following a rash of injuries to several Maryland players, Driesell reinstated Tillman.
Before his four-game suspension, Tillman had played 94 minutes. He scored 45 points, with six assists, six steals, 17 rebounds and 17 turnovers.
The first inner-city player recurited by Driesell. Tillman considered transferring to Howard and joining his former high school coach. A.B. Williamson, but changed his mind following a lengthy meeting with Driesell.
He saw action as a reserve in the Terrapins' remaining games. Maryland finished 19-8 and was climinated by N.C. State in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Driesell is on vacation and was unavailable for comment.