- Arik Gilbert was arrested in Lincoln, NE. on suspicion of burglary on August 29
- The two-time transfer is currently awaiting an eligibility ruling by the NCAA
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Arik Gilbert was arrested for the second time in three weeks, this time in Georgia, on smash and grab burglary and obstruction of officers charges.
According to Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office arrest records, the 21-year-old was detained on Friday.
It marks the second time in the space of three weeks where Gilbert has been arrested. He was jailed on August 29 in Lincoln, NE. on suspicion of burglary after police received a report of a store break-in.
A security video has since been released showing a suspect, believed to be Gilbert, attempting to force his way into SJ’s Liquor and Vape Shop.
Police dispatched shortly before 2am on Aug. 29 and found a glass door shattered with large cement chunks from the parking lot.
Nebraska tight end Arik Gilbert was arrested for the second time in three weeks on Friday
Gilbert is now on his third school; starting, transferring to Georgia before arriving at Nebraska
Officers were outside the store as Gilbert attempted to leave before arresting him on Aug. 29
Nebraska head coach Matt Rhule said last month Gilbert has been working through life issues
They witnessed Gilbert walking toward the exit carrying a bag. That bag contained stolen vape products, Delta 8, cigars and lighters with a total value of $1,672.07, and damage to the business was estimated at $650, police said.
Gilbert, a sophomore from Marietta, Georgia, was a five-star recruit who was the top-ranked tight end prospect and 2019 Gatorade National Player of the Year.
He recently transferred from the University of Georgia is still awaiting a ruling on his eligibility from the NCAA given he is a two-time transfer.
Gilbert initially played at LSU, where he started eight games in 2020 and was named to the All-SEC freshman team after catching 35 passes for 368 yards.
He transferred to Georgia and sat out the 2021 season. He played in three games for the Bulldogs last season, catching two passes for 16 yards and a touchdown.
Gilbert is still listed as a University of Nebraska player on the team’s official website. He made the scholar-athlete honor roll for Spring.
Following his arrest last month, Nebraska coach Matt Rhule said: ‘When we took Arik, we knew we had a good group of people who could help him through some of the issues he’s dealing with in his life.’
‘[We] had been really proud of the job he had done in the spring and summer. To be honest, during camp he’s had some struggles. He’s been working to overcome them.’
The Cornhuskers are yet to make a comment of any kind relating to this latest incident.