Highly recruited football player charged with thefts from school


Micheal Bowman is shown in his team photograph from earlier this year. He faces charges in connection with the theft of computer devices from Arthur W. Edwards Elementary School.

Published: Friday, August 29, 2014 at 10:53 AM.

A Havelock teenager who is a highly recruited football player has been charged in connection with the theft of computer equipment from Arthur W. Edwards Elementary School.

Micheal James Bowman, 18, a senior wide receiver on the Havelock High football team,has been charged with 16 counts of misdemeanor larceny, according to a release from the Havelock Police Department.

Bowman had announced in March his intention to play football at the University of South Carolina starting in the fall of 2015, picking the Gamecocks over N.C. State. He has been a part of three consecutive state championship teams at Havelock High and last year totaled 52 catches for 972 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The magistrate’s office issued 16 criminal summonses that Havelock police delivered to Bowman Friday morning at Havelock High School, according to Lt. Brian Woods of the Havelock Police Department. A summons carries the weight of an arrest and indicates a date in which the subject is to appear in court on the charges, and can be used in misdemeanor cases. Bowman was not taken to jail or even placed in handcuffs. His court date is scheduled for Sept. 5.

Woods would not elaborate on the evidence or investigation that prompted the charges against Bowman.

The charges involve the thefts of six iPads and two iPods belonging to the Arthur W. Edwards Elementary School and eight other iPods belonging to an employee at the school, according to the release. The thefts occurred individually over a period of about five weeks from June 9 to July 16 while Bowman worked for a private company contracted to clean the school during the summer break, according to the release.

A school employee filed a police report about the thefts on Aug. 7.

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