CUMMING, Ga. - Louisiana State linebacker and Metro high school football star Tyler Taylor faces multiple felony charges, as police said he helped a burglary crew break into a Cumming pawn shop.
The university said Taylor was suspended Wednesday for violating team rules.
Police said Tyler and four other individuals were arrested in May in what became a joint investigation with the Cumming Police department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. The following individuals-- 19-year-old Taylor, 20-year-old Jordan Moore, 18-year-old Zyon Joseph, 18-year-old Devon Martin and a 16-year-old juvenile were involved in a crew responsible for two break-ins and gun thefts at the Pawnopoly store off Atlanta Road.
Police said Joseph and Martin first broke into the pawn shop on Christmas Day in 2017 and stole two weapons.
Then police said January 8, the crew of five, with Taylor as the "getaway driver," went back to Pawnopoly and stole eight weapons, including shotguns and semiautomatic rifles. Investigators said they "pinged" Tyler's cell phone to the area of the pawn shop.
Police said the individuals were arrested May 31 in Lawrenceville and discovered marijuana and some of the guns.
Investigators tell FOX 5, they are still looking for the remaining stolen weapons and still do not know what the young men were doing with the stolen guns.
"These were people with very bright futures," said Deputy Chief Aletha Barrett, who said the young men knew each other from their families' neighborhood, Lanier High school, and the high school football team.
The Forsyth County District Attorney's Office said the case is still an open investigation and no court date has been set.