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LSU Captain Arrested for Stealing

September 15, 1999

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Larry Foster, a captain on LSU’s football team, was arrested Tuesday on a purse-snatching charge after being chased down and identified by several students.

The starting wide receiver was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail, LSU Police Capt. Ricky Adams said. Bail was set at $10,000.

Coach Gerry DiNardo said Foster would not play in Saturday’s game against Auburn in Tiger Stadium. He did not elaborate.

``I have tremendous concern for Larry in this situation,″ DiNardo said in a statement Tuesday night. ``As a football team right now we are moving on, but as a family we are concerned about Larry.″

A student said her purse was stolen Monday as she sat on a campus bench. Several other students said they saw the theft and chased Foster into a bathroom in the music building about a half-mile from the bench.

Foster was confronted as he left the bathroom and he identified himself before walking away, Adams said. The purse, missing about $20, was found in the bathroom, he said.

The witnesses identified Foster from photos.

The senior was expected to be one of the Tigers’ leading receivers this year. As a junior, he caught 56 passes for 722 yards and four touchdowns.

Foster, one of four team captains, missed last weekend’s game against North Texas with a pulled hamstring. He returned to practice Monday and had been expected to play against Auburn on Saturday.

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