4 former MCC athletes wanted for bookstore burglary

Four former Marshalltown Community College men’s basketball players are wanted by police for a burglary at the campus bookstore.

Police said Friday that warrants have been issued for Jerome Gray, 21, of Milwaukee, Wis., Giovanni Ellis, 21, of Queens, NY, Lowell Wade, 20, of Romulus, Mich. and Tyrese Hoxter, 20, of Boston, Mass.

All four men allegedly robbed the bookstore on Jan. 8 and then moved away from the college campus.

Capt. Mike Hanken, of the Marshalltown Police Department, said the bookstore supervisor told officers $804 worth of miscellaneous clothing and school supplies had been taken.

After meeting with other college employees, the officers learned the identity of the four suspects involved and warrants were then issued Thursday.

The men are charged with third-degree burglary, a Class D felony.

None of the athletes involved have been a part of MCC’s men’s basketball team since the Tigers returned from winter break.

Hoxter was the only former Tiger to log significant minutes during the first half the season. He played in 14 games and averaged 10 points and four rebounds in an average of 15 minutes per game off the bench.

Ellis appeared in just seven games during the first half of the season and averaged 3.1 points per game. Gray appeared in two games and averaged around 3 points per game. He averaged only 2 minutes per game as well. Wade did not appear in any games for the Tigers, who are 12-9 in the season, and host No. 6 Indian Hills Community College at 7 p.m. Saturday.

“As soon as we found out about the investigation we immediately suspended those student athletes from our athletic department,” said MCC Athletic Director Dan Huntley.

Huntley said he didn’t know when the students left campus, or whether they were aware of the forthcoming charges.