WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Two Purdue football players have been arrested for shoplifting at a local department store.
BJ Knauf, 20, and Jordan Woods, 19, were both booked into the Tippecanoe County Jail today on a preliminary charge of theft.
Lafayette police officers were called to Kohl's at the Tippecanoe Mall around 5:30 p.m Monday to a report of two male shoplifters. Knauf and Woods were detained by a Kohl's loss prevention officer. Police said the men attempted to steal two tie bars, or tie clips, valued at $20 each.
Both men are redshirt freshmen wide receivers for the Boilermakers.
According to the the Purdue website, Knauf is from Winter Haven, Florida and Woods is from Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Purdue Associate Athletics Director Tom Schott declined to be interviewed but emailed News 18 this statement:
"Purdue head football coach Darrell Hazell is aware of today’s incident involving B.J. Knauf and Jordan Woods. Hazell takes such matters seriously and respects that there is an ongoing legal process that he will allow to evolve before determining any possible internal disciplinary action."
As of Monday night, both Knauf and Woods posted a $505 bond and were out of jail.
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