Friday, September 14, 2001

Antonio Bryant Suspected in Pen Heist

Pitt standout wide receiver and Biletnikoff award winner Antonio Bryant is under suspicion for the disappearance of a black Bic medium “roundstic grip pen” which was for “in bank use only” at the Schenley Quadrangle branch of PNC bank. Authorities witnessed Bryant using the pen to fill out a deposit slip at approximately 1:28 pm last Tuesday. Shortly thereafter, at 1:31 pm, the pen was reported missing.

“We're not ready to rush to judgment,” Pitt Police Chief Tim Delaney declared. “Yes, the pen turned up missing, and yes Mr. Bryant is one of two suspects. However, any other details cannot be revealed at this time as the investigation is still occurring. We are in the possession of security tapes, and need to review them before any action can be taken. We'll know more in a couple of days.”

Further speculative evidence has also arisen which could possibly indict Bryant as the culprit. Pitt senior Louis Taylor saw Bryant use a pen similar to the one in question moments after Bryant left the bank.

“I was behind Antonio in the bookstore and I was like, ‘Oh my God, you're Antonio Bryant.’ He was like, ‘Yeah.’ Then he used a credit card for his purchase and I saw him sign the bill with a black Bic Grip pen. I thought nothing of it at the time, until I learned about the disappearance of a similar one. I immediately contacted authorities with the information,” Taylor said in an exclusive S.O.F.L. interview.

Antonio Bryant told authorities the pen used at the bookstore was borrowed from “this dude who sits next to me in Western Civ [sic].” Bryant did not know the name or whereabouts of the individual. He only identified him as “white, stocky, and well-dressed.”

Athletic Director Steve Pederson said no disciplinary action has been taken against Bryant, and none will, until the investigation is concluded some time next week.

PNC bank is promising to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law for the missing pen: a $5 fine or 10 minutes in jail. PNC spokesperson Tom O'Brien said the corporation loses hundreds of dollars per year due to missing pens.

“We are tired of being taken advantage of just because we are an institution. We need to set an example with whoever turns out to be responsible,” O'Brien warned.

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