FAYETTEVILLE — Two Arkansas baseball players were arrested Sunday after allegedly stealing two cases of beer and two sandwiches from a local Wal-Mart.
Pitchers Colin Poche and Adam Meyer were each charged for suspicion of shoplifting and booked into the Washington County Detention Center at 7:26 p.m. on Sunday. They were released a little later after posting $565 bond.
Poche and Meyer stole the items from the Wal-Mart store on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Fayetteville. Brandon Meredith, a loss prevention officer for the store, witnessed Poche trying to conceal two cases of beer in a tote bag. Both Poche and Meyer also removed and discarded the labels from the sandwiches before exiting the store without making any attempt to pay for the items, according to the report.
Meredith and another loss prevention officer confronted Poche and Meyer in the parking lot, recovered the stolen items and contacted the police.
Poche and Meyer each have a hearing scheduled for March 1.
An Arkansas spokesperson said coach Dave Van Horn was aware of the arrests and was in the process of gathering all the facts. He will make a decision on any punishments for Poche and Meyer when he has all of the information.
Poche and Meyer are left-handed pitchers for the Razorbacks, who are ranked No. 1 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball. Poche was a fifth-round pick of the Baltimore Orioles in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, but elected to attend Arkansas.
The Razorbacks begin preseason practices Friday.
Stanek, Suggs Earn All-America Honors
Arkansas pitchers Ryne Stanek and Colby Suggs added to their preseason honors Monday by being named first-team All-Americans by PerfectGame.com.
Stanek earned the honor after going 8-4 with a 2.82 earned run average and 83 strikeouts as a starting pitcher in 2012. Suggs was 7-1 with a 1.38 ERA and 36 strikeouts as a reliever. Both helped Arkansas reach the College World Series.
Stanek also has earned preseason All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball. Suggs was named a preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball and the National College Baseball Writers Association.