UF basketball players Murphy, Larson arrested in St. Augustine

Published: Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 11:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 11:05 p.m.

Florida forwards Erik Murphy and Cody Larson were arrested late Saturday night in St. Augustine on felony burglary charges for allegedly trying to break into a car.

Florida basketball student manager Joshua Adel also was charged with principal to burglary. Police said Adel was acting as a lookout.

St. Augustine police sergeant Jason Etheredge said that Larson and Murphy went into Scarlett O'Hara's Bar and Restaurant around 2 a.m. Sunday and claimed to have lost a wallet. Etheredge said Larson and Murphy tried to get close to a female employee who was counting money from the night.

Bouncers then told Larson and Murphy to leave. According to Etheredge, the bouncers saw Larson and Murphy trying to break into a co-worker's car in a parking lot across the street a few minutes later. Murphy, Larson and Adel tried to flee the scene. Murphy and Adel were tracked down after a short chase. Larson turned himself into police after calling Murphy on his cell phone.

Police said the victim did not notice any missing items from the car. Both Larson and Murphy were booked in St. John's County Jail and released on $5,000 bond.

Murphy, a sophomore, averaged 4.3 points and 2.3 rebounds and is expected to move into a starting spot next season. Larson red-shirted this past season.

Florida coach Billy Donovan did not offer an immediate comment Sunday night.

Larson is on probation after reaching a plea deal on a misdemeanor drug charge for sharing painkillers during his senior year of high school in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Donovan said last fall that Larson came to Florida with a clean slate, but that consequences could be severe if he slipped up while on campus.

Larson and Murphy are the first Florida basketball players arrested since former Gator guard Brandon Powell was caught in a marijuana sting in June of 2007. Powell transferred to Marshall shortly after the arrest.

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