The Gators weren’t the only ones to lose something during Saturday’s game.
A woman stole a UF student’s phone and tried to send herself $1,624 through a money-sharing application, the student told The Alligator.
Jasmine Nykeisha Robinson, 22, of Archer, Florida, is accused of stealing the phone during the Florida-Kentucky football game Saturday and sending herself money through Venmo, according to an arrest report.
The student told University Police the next day that she had put her phone on her seat and stood up to watch the football game, the report said.
When she turned around, her phone was gone, along with the credit card, driver's license and Gator 1 Card in her phone case.
During the police investigation, the student used the “Find My iPhone” app and located the phone at Southwest 175th Terrace in Archer, Florida, where Robinson lives with her grandparents, the report said.
Three attempted transactions totalling $1,624 were made on the student’s Venmo, an application that sends money from one bank account to another. The money was sent to an account under the name of Jasmine Robinson, the student told The Alligator.
The student’s credit card was also charged at the stadium for $12.50, police said. The report didn’t say what was bought.
Robinson tried to send herself two charges of $350 and $674 via Venmo, but had to make herself a Venmo account to receive the money, the student told The Alligator.
Robinson canceled the first two transactions and sent herself $600, the student said. The student called her bank before the transaction cleared, so Robinson never received money from the student’s bank account.
The police officer the student spoke to didn’t know how Venmo works, she said.
Police tried contacting Robinson several times Sunday but couldn’t reach her, the report said. An officer spoke with Robinson over the phone and arranged to meet at the Archer post office Thursday night.
Robinson at first denied to police she stole the iPhone, the report said. When police asked why the phone appeared at her house on “Find My iPhone,” Robinson responded “someone else must have taken it there.”
The student gave police a picture she took in the stadium Saturday of herself and a friend with Robinson behind them, the report said.
When police told Robinson she was under arrest, she admitted to taking the phone to her grandparents’ house. Police found the phone and returned it to the student Thursday night, the report said.
Thursday night, she realized Robinson downloaded new apps, logged into her email and her Facebook account, she told The Alligator.
“Can someone really be that stupid?” the student said.
Robinson declined to comment.
Robinson is charged with grand theft and illegally using a credit card. She was released from the Alachua County Jail on a $2,000 bond Friday night.
Jasmine Nykeisha Robinson