Pitt forward John Hugley has been suspended from the team indefinitely after charged with felony counts of criminal conspiracy and receiving stolen property, according to court documents obtained by Pittsburgh Sports Now.
Hugley was charged on Thursday for two felony counts of criminal conspiracy and one felony count of receiving stolen property, along with a summary offense for driving without a license, in Allegheny County on Thursday.
It was announced on Friday that Hugely has been suspended from the team indefinitely, in a press release attributed to school officials.
“The University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department has no further comment beyond the previous release announcing the indefinite suspension,” a Pitt basketball spokesperson said when asked for additional comment on Hugley’s suspension.
According to a copy of the criminal complaint levied against Hugley that was obtained by Pittsburgh Sports Now, Hugley and an unidentified accomplice stole a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu that had been parked on Coltart Avenue in Oakland near Pitt’s campus on July 19, 2020.
Video evidence obtained by Pittsburgh Police allegedly shows Claire Green, the daughter of the vehicle’s owner, and three other individuals, including Pitt basketball players Noah Collier and Will Jeffress, exit the vehicle where Green said it was parked on Coltart Avenue on the evening on July 18, 2020.
According to the complaint, Green said the individuals attended a party in Collier and Jeffress’ dorm room, along with Hugley, an unidentified friend of Hugley’s and Pitt guard Xavier Johnson.
Green told police she left her purse, with the keys to the car, in a common area and fell asleep. When she woke up the next morning, the car was not where she parked it and she notified the Pittsburgh Police.
Police say they obtained video that shows two black men, later identified by Green as Hugley and his friend, enter the vehicle and drive it away.
The vehicle was recovered by Pittsburgh Police on Aug. 27 and that point, the vehicle had a stolen license plate on it. Using a hit on that plate from a license plate reader, Pittsburgh Police, along with University of Pittsburgh Police, were able to locate video evidence of a black male exiting the car on Aug. 2.
Accord to police, Green once again identified that individual as Hugley, who she claimed to be familiar with. Pittsburgh police detective Paul Roetter also alleged that he was able to identify Hugley from the video.
Green first was able to identify Hugley to police on Nov. 25 and again in additional video evidence on Dec. 30, leading to Hugley being charged on Jan. 14.
The criminal complaint identifies charges of felony criminal conspiracy, felony theft by unlawful taking and felony receiving stolen property for Hugley, though Hugley was charged with two counts of conspiracy and one count of receiving stolen property. His alleged co-conspirator was not identified.
Hugley was also charged with driving without a license, a summary offense.
A preliminary hearing in front of magistrate James J. Hanley Jr. is scheduled for Feb. 18. The felony charges carry a potential total of 17 years in jail, along with fines. Hugley, 19, does not have a prior criminal arrest record in Pennsylvania.
A 6-foot-9 freshman out of Brush High School in Cleveland, Ohio, Hugley played in seven games and made one start so far this season for Pitt. He scored 36 points and grabbed 30 rebounds while averaging 14.9 minutes per game.
Sophomore Abdoul Karim Coulibaly and senior Terrell Brown will likely play increased minutes in place of Hugely. The Panthers will return to the floor on Saturday, when they host Syracuse at Petersen Events Center with a noon tip-off.