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Two EWU football players removed from team, one charged in connection with thefts

UPDATED: Wed., March 11, 2020

James Durr appears in his Eastern Washington University Football headshot from the 2019-20 season. (Eastern Washington University Football)
James Durr appears in his Eastern Washington University Football headshot from the 2019-20 season. (Eastern Washington University Football)

An Eastern Washington University football player has been removed from the team after being charged with multiple counts of theft.

James Durr, 18, was charged with theft, identity theft and making false statements after police say he stole a fellow college student’s wallet last month. Durr is a freshman from Vancouver, Washington, according to the EWU football roster.

Fellow football player Jordan White has also been interviewed by police in relation to the crimes, as the Easterner first reported.

A student reported her wallet had been stolen from her room in Snyamncut Hall on Feb. 25. When EWU police arrived, they found Durr and White talking to the victim, court records say.

The players told police they saw a woman enter the victim’s room and flee, both giving a detailed description of the suspect. The players said they went door to door looking for the suspect, court records say.

After reviewing surveillance footage of the area, police didn’t see a suspect matching the players’ description. Another student went to police the next day and said White and Durr committed the theft, court records say.

Durr admitted to police during an interview that he lied to police and stole the wallet, court records indicate.

Multiple witnesses told police Durr discussed planning the robbery with White.

The victim told police Durr and White did have permission to be in her room before her wallet was stolen.

Another football player told police Durr made an unauthorized Paypal transfer from his account on March 2.

Durr admitted to finding the teammate’s wallet in the locker room and taking pictures of his debit card to make unauthorized transfers, court records show.

Durr was arrested on March 4 but has since been released.

White was also interviewed by police but denied any involvement in the crimes, according to court documents.

White is a freshman defensive back from Lynwood, California, majoring in criminal justice, according to the team’s roster.

White has not been charged with a crime. Both players were removed from the EWU football team and will go through the student conduct process.

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