Ex TSU basketball players accused of stealing from coach

Whithworth W. Treasure, 23, (left) and Jasmine R. Payne, 22, are both charged with theft.

March 2, 2012 9:41:43 AM PST
Two former college basketball players are accused of stealing from the men's head basketball coach for TSU.

Jasmine R. Payne, 22, and Whithworth W. Treasure, 23, are both charged with theft.

According to court documents, TSU head coach Tony Harvey left his home on the night of February 16 for a road trip with the team. While he was away, investigators say he got a call from a neighbor and housekeeper, who told him that his house had been burglarized.

Harvey arrived home on February 21 and reported that items totaling more than $534,000 were missing.

Police say Payne and Treasure were captured on surveillance video at a jewelry store in Sharpstown, trying to sell some of the stolen items. The store employee says the pair tried to sell one watch, two necklaces and two bracelets valued at roughly $94,000. But that employee reportedly refused to buy the items.

When Harvey was shown the video, he recognized the two as Payne and Treasure, who both played basketball for the school. They're both now charged with third-degree theft. Neither are in custody.