Correction (June 28, 2012: 12:54 p.m.): Dadi Nicolas was charged with larceny as a principal in the second degree. There is no “second degree grand larceny,” as was reported in previous versions. The story has been updated. | Our corrections policy
Virginia Tech defensive end Dadi Nicolas has been suspended from the team indefinitely following his arrest last week on a felony larceny charge in an incident involving a stolen bike.
Nicolas, a 19-year-old redshirt freshman from Delray, Fla., was arrested June 22 after police said he was involved in stealing another student’s silver Trek Bike outside Dietrick Hall around 5 p.m. on May 29. He has an arraignment hearing July 13.
Larceny is wrongful acquisition of the personal property of another person. Nicolas was charged as a principal in the second degree, defined as a person who assists and is present but does not actually participate in the crime.
Virginia Tech Deputy Chief of Police Kevin L. Foust would not say whether other arrests would be made in the case, saying it was an ongoing investigation.
The charge in this case is grand larceny under Virginia law, because the item in question exceeded $200. Foust said the bike was estimated to be worth $300.
Grand larceny is punishable by one to 20 years in prison or, at the judge’s or jury’s discretion, a jail sentence of not more than 12 months and/or a fine not to exceed $2,500.
A school spokesman confirmed that Nicolas was suspended immediately in accordance to University Policy 1035, which states that a student-athlete arrested and charged with a felony is automatically suspended until the charges are dropped or otherwise resolved.
Athletic director Jim Weaver would make any decision about reinstatement. If convicted of a felony, Nicolas would be permanently dismissed from the team.
The 6-foot-2, 223-pound Nicolas was a promising player competing for playing time on a deep defensive line. The Atlantic High product was known as Wedley Estime when he signed with the Hokies in 2011.
A raw talent, he played only one year of high school football, then redshirted his first year at Virginia Tech. He was in the running for most improved player this spring but was still listed as a third-string stud end on the depth chart, behind J.R. Collins and Tyrel Wilson.
“Physically I think he could have played last year. Mentally and football instincts, the game was somewhat abstract to him,” defensive line coach Charley Wiles said in March.
“But Dadi’s got arms that are long, wrists that are huge, elbows that are big, has a lot of growth potential. High cut kid, but he’s got a body that if he can continue to eat and get bigger, I think he can really end up being an explosive player for us. It’s just the game, to play within the defense.”