Aggie stole $130,000 in equipment, police say


Eagle Staff Writer

A Texas A&M University student who police said stole more than $130,000 worth of audio-video equipment to start a production company was among 56 people indicted Thursday.

Jon Mayfield, a former walk-on football player at A&M, is accused in court documents of stealing electronics from several locations around campus, including production equipment valued at almost $113,000 from a KAMU-TV truck on June 6.

Records state that Mayfield confessed to police that he also took a $2,300 projector from Kyle Field during an April 15 power outage, a computer from the Langford Architecture Building and $8,300 worth of electronics from Rumours Coffee House and Deli.

Police said Mayfield, a former all-district linebacker who graduated from A&M Consolidated in 2001, told officers he and a friend wanted to start a video production company, so he took the items to use in the business, but did not tell his partner.

Mayfield, 21, was indicted on four charges — theft of between $100,000 and $200,000; theft of between $1,500 and $20,000; and two counts of burglary of a building.

An indictment is not an indication of guilt but means a grand jury believes there is enough evidence to warrant a trial.

Also indicted Thursday was Tyrone Townsend, who authorities say smuggled a knife into his jail cell.

Townsend brought the knife into the Brazos County Jail on May 31, officials said. He is charged with bringing a deadly weapon into a penal institution, a third-degree felony.

Two men who police said stole a computer from a wrecker service after throwing stolen bricks through the building’s window to gain access also were on the indictment list.

Ryan O’Sullivan, 21, and Matthew Wade, 23, both were indicted on charges of burglary of a building. Burglary of a building is a state jail felony.

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