Starting Razorbacks lineman arrested on felony theft charge

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Earlier this week Arkansas lost a starting linebacker for at least the spring due to injury.  A couple of days later, they have lost a starter on the other side of the ball, albeit for an entirely different reason.

According to Matt Jones of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, offensive tackle Jason Peacock (pictured, No. 71) was arrested Friday and hit with one charge of felony theft of property.  No details of what led to the arrest or the charge have been released.

A court date for Peacock, who was being held in the county jail on a $2,500 bond, has been set for April 16.

Head coach Bobby Petrino is aware of the arrest and said late last night that Peacock has been suspended indefinitely.

Whatever incident led to Peacock’s arrest occurred one day after the Razorbacks’ final practice before spring break.  After that practice, Petrino spoke on his players doing the right things on their time off.

“What I’m worried about is to make sure everybody does everything right and is very safe,” Petrino said.

Whoops.

Peacock started the final nine games of the 2011 season and entered spring practice, which began Wednesday, atop the depth chart at left tackle.

UPDATED 9:47 p.m. ET: According to the Associated Press, Peacock was arrested after using a stolen debit card to purchase gas at a local convenience store.

In Peacock’s arrest report, it says university police became aware an Arkansas student’s debit card was taken from her purse while left unattended in a class in the Fine Arts Building on March 5. After checking the student’s bank records, police discovered that her debit card had been used for a $1 preauthorization charge and then $35.01 in gas at a local convenience store.

The station’s video camera showed Peacock’s silver Lincoln Town Car was at the pump when the card was used. Police also later discovered that Peacock has a class at the same time as the victim in the Fine Arts Building, and that he lives near the convenience store where the gas was purchased.