Idaho football players involved in shoplifting incident, no charges after coach returns items

Idaho players allegedly shoplifted nearly $400 worth of clothing from the on-campus bookstore in Moscow, but no charges were pressed after Vandals coach Paul Petrino returned the items, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported.

According to the story, players were the only ones in the store at the time of the Aug. 16 incident because it was closed to the public. Approximately three players were seen on video putting clothing into a backpack. The players were not identified by in the police report, nor by the school.

In an interview Tuesday after practice, Petrino told the Daily News, “The situation has been handled and they’re being internally disciplined.”

A university statement said, “(had) the merchandise not been returned immediately, the VandalStore would have filed charges as it has done in the past, consistent with store practice, but in this case, the merchandise was recovered immediately and the students involved were disciplined.”

It has been a fall camp the Vandals would prefer to forget, trying to end a streak of three consecutive one-win seasons. Petrino allegedly was restrained in a confrontation with a Daily News reporter last week, an accusation he denied.