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HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES HELD IN STRING OF UTAH HOLDUPS.



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The talk in the locker room was about cars, girls, clothes - and, according to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 police, the holdups some high school football players committed to pay for it all.

Six members of the Granger High football team, including two varsity starters, were being held Thursday in juvenile detention after police say they confessed to robbing 20 fast-food restaurants and other stores.

``If they didn't have any money, they'd go do a robbery, split up the cash and go on a date,'' said Sgt. Jerry Mendez. ``They spent it on the things that high school kids spend money on - dates, clothes, fixing up a car.

``The only thing we know they weren't spending it on was dope. They weren't into drugs at all,'' he said.

The string of holdups that began in June ended Tuesday night with two more robberies and the arrests of the suspects, ages 15 to 17, on suspicion of armed robbery.

Police said they were tipped to the robbery ring by a fellow student, but refused to say whether that person was on the football team.

Police confiscated con·fis·cate  
tr.v. con·fis·cat·ed, con·fis·cat·ing, con·fis·cates
1. To seize (private property) for the public treasury.

2. To seize by or as if by authority. See Synonyms at appropriate.

adj.
 a pair of pellet guns a gun that fires small pellets, less than 3 mm diameter, usually made of metal.

See also: Pellet
 that resembled semiautomatic weapons but said actual guns also may have been used. They said the six worked in groups of two or three; one or two would go inside the store, and another student would drive the getaway car getaway car n the thieves' getaway car → el coche en que huyeron los ladrones

getaway car nvoiture prévue pour prendre la fuite

.

Usually, the robbers wore no disguises, a bravado bra·va·do  
n. pl. bra·va·dos or bra·va·does
1.
a. Defiant or swaggering behavior: strove to prevent our courage from turning into bravado.

b.
 that carried into the locker room, where teammates said they boasted of their crimes. Mendez said it was common knowledge the kids had money and ``told others where they'd been getting it.''

Prosecutors said charges were not expected to be filed until early next week. They said two 17-year-olds and two 16-year-olds may be tried as adults, while two 15-year-olds face juvenile charges. All have been suspended sus·pend  
v. sus·pend·ed, sus·pend·ing, sus·pends

v.tr.
1. To bar for a period from a privilege, office, or position, usually as a punishment: suspend a student from school.
 from the 1,800-student school.

Investigators on Thursday had not yet tallied the take of all of the robberies, but conservatively estimated it at more than $3,000. No shots were fired in the holdups, and no one was hurt.

Coach Ray Groth said he and the other coaches had been perplexed per·plexed  
adj.
1. Filled with confusion or bewilderment; puzzled.

2. Full of complications or difficulty; involved.



[Middle English, from perplex, confused
 why the team hadn't seemed united this season, despite being tied for first in the league with two other teams at 3-1.

``You have to wonder about this generation and whether it considers consequences,'' Groth said.

He figures the students - one a senior almost assured a college football scholarship, another whose father is a police officer - tried robbery once and it worked, so they kept at it.

``I honestly think they didn't think they'd get caught,'' he said.

But when they were, they confessed immediately, investigators said.

``They were kind of glad to get it over with and that's not at all indicative of hardened criminals,'' said sheriff's Sgt. Mike Parr Mike Parr is an Australian performance and printmaking artist, born in Sydney in 1945. His works include the recent 100 Breaths (2005)and Wall Definition. He was born with a mutilated arm, and this has affected his artmaking practice throughout his career. . He described them as basically good kids who ``had this giant collective dumb attack.''
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