Baylor junior defensive lineman Micheal Johnson was arrested Friday for a Class A misdemeanor theft charge, one day after the football team dismissed him from the program for a violation of team rules.

Johnson, a defensive tackle who graduated from Missouri City High Tower High School in 2016, was arrested on a Class A misdemeanor warrant charging theft more than $750. He was arrested at his south Waco home shortly before 8:30 a.m.

According to a Baylor police arrest report, Johnson “admitted to taking four game consoles” from the Highers Athletic Complex, Baylor’s athletic office building. The thefts reportedly occurred from April 19 to July 20.

Johnson allegedly pawned the four game consoles that were valued at $1,199.96, according to an arrest affidavit.

Baylor announced late Thursday night that he was kicked off the team for an unspecified violation of team rules. Johnson was arraigned Friday afternoon and remained in jail with bond listed at $1,000.

Johnson played 15 games with one start in the last two seasons. He recorded nine tackles and one tackle for loss. He was not listed on the two-deep roster that Baylor released last weekend.

This spring, Johnson was awarded the team’s community service award at the Bears’ spring football game in late April.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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