Florida State wide receiver Jesus "Bobo" Wilson has been charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, a third degree felony, after allegedly stealing a scooter.
Wilson admitted on Monday to taking a Bintelli Sprint scooter that had been parked at the Love Building on FSU’s campus on June 11, according to a probable cause report released by the FSU police department on Thursday morning.
The sophomore was suspended by FSU coach Jimbo Fisher on Thursday but is still able to practice and work out with the team. But Wilson will not be able to play for FSU in the fall if the felony charge is still pending, per athletic department policy.
The report states that the scooter’s owner, Sebastian Bellini, parked the Bintelli Sprint outside the Love Building and thought he either left his keys in the ignition or dropped them nearby. Six days later, Tallahassee Police Department officers stopped Wilson, who was riding the scooter and said that he had borrowed it from a friend named Drew. TPD officers noticed damage in several areas.
On June 25, Wilson reiterated to police that he had borrowed the scooter but had no contact information for Drew. But Wilson admitted in an email to police on Monday that he had taken the scooter and said in the report that he took the scooter ”when he noticed the keys were in the ignition.”
Bellini received an estimate for $882.13 in damages, the report states. The scooter’s value is approximately $1,000.
Wilson played in 13 games for FSU as a reserve in 2013, catching three passes for 23 yards. He had four catches for 101 yards and a touchdown in FSU’s spring game in April, and he was fighting for a starting role after the Seminoles lost Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw to the NFL.
After a strong spring, Wilson was praised by FSU quarterback Jameis Winston.
”He’s going to be the easy one because, mentally, he’s right," Winston said after the spring game. "He’s mature and he wants to be there. But guys like Kermit (Whitfield) and Isaiah (Jones) that are cool and laid back but don’t do as much as Bobo, those are the guys that are going to step up and I’m going to have to watch a lot of film with.
”Because Bobo, he’s the type of player he’s going to do it on his own no matter what.”
FSU returns just one established, consistent receiver in Rashad Greene (76 catches, 1,128 yards, nine touchdowns), but the Seminoles also have tight end Nick O’Leary (33 catches, 557 yards, seven touchdowns). This spring began the search for a No. 2 receiver, and Wilson was among a group of rising sophomores that includes Isaiah Jones and Kermit Whitfield.
Three true freshman have also arrived on campus this summer: Travis Rudolph, Ermon Lane and Javon Harrison.