ISU Athlete charged with Kmart theft


Iowa State basketball player Belefia Parks was arrested Monday on a

charge of second-degree theft, according to Ames police records.

Ames Police Sgt. Craig Reid said that on May 30, Kmart reported Parks

and another person walked out of the store without paying for $1,000 worth

of electronic equipment, including a television, two VCRs, a VCR stand and

a telephone.

Parks was taken to the Story County Jail and was later released on

pre-trial, according to Story County Sheriff’s records.

Parks is a non-scholarship player who practiced with the team last


Men’s basketball coach Tim Floyd said he had met with Parks about the


“These are serious allegations. I’ll reserve further comment and action

until the judicial process concerning this matter is completed,” Floyd


At press time, ISU Athletic Director Gene Smith said he did not have

enough information to comment on the Parks situation.

Second-degree theft is a Class D felony punishable by up to five years

in prison and a $7,500 fine.

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