Iowa State-bound West High quarterback accused of theft at Coral Ridge Mall

An Iowa City West High senior who on Feb. 1 signed a letter of intent to play Division 1 football at Iowa State University was arrested last week on suspicion of stealing two hats from Scheels at the Coral Ridge Mall.

Store personnel inside Scheels saw Charles Rogers, 18, of Iowa City, pick up two hats about 1:50 p.m. March 15 and hide them in an American Eagle bag he was carrying, according to a police report. Rogers left the store without paying, according to police, and was contacted by authorities.

Rogers was cooperative, police reported, and he now faces a charge of misdemeanor theft.

He’s scheduled to appear in court on the charge April 19.

Rogers, a 6-2, 190-pound quarterback, chose to sign with Iowa State over Minnesota and Northern Illinois earlier this year.

In Iowa State’s online signing-day coverage, Rogers is listed as a three-star recruit and ranked as third best prospect among in-state class of 2012 prospects. He was named a Des Moines Register Elite All-State honoree and earned first team All-Class 4A from the Register and Iowa Newspaper Association.

In 2011, Rogers threw for 2,128 yards and 18 touchdowns, completing 58.4 percent of his passes, according to Iowa State. He also was the leading rusher for the Trojans, posting 1,191 yards and 23 touchdowns on the ground, according to the university.

Rogers also competes in track and field for West High, a spring sport that began Feb. 13.

West High Athletic Director Marv Reiland said he didn’t know anything about Rogers’ arrest until contacted by The Gazette on Thursday. Rogers is out of school this week, Reiland said, but he’ll talk with the student about the issue when he returns.

Reiland said he can’t comment about any sort of penalties Rogers might face at school if convicted of the theft charge.

“But it doesn’t matter who the student is, if there is a violation of our conduct code, there are consequences,” he said.

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