Demario Mayfield (l) and Ricardo Crawford (Athens-Clarke County Jail)
ATHENS, Ga. -- Two former University of Georgia athletes have been indicted on charges they conspired to commit armed robbery.
22-year-old Demario Mayfield and 25-year-old Ricardo James Crawford were arrested May 27. Police say the two were acting suspiciously and were found to have handguns, masks and gloves.
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Arrest warrants say officers found a cellphone that was used to send a text message "that indicated a theft had or was about to take place."
Police noticed the car at about 2:30 a.m. because it made a sharp turn into a neighborhood that police describe as vulnerable to burglaries because many college students who live there were away for the summer break. Officers ran the car's tag number and found that the registration was expired.
Police followed as the car turned off its headlights, drove down an alley and parked behind some apartments. Officers approached the car and saw a clown mask by Mayfield's feet and a gun wedged between his leg and the seat. A furry hat lay on the floor next to Crawford's feet. Officers also found two pairs of latex gloves, a drawstring bag, a marijuana bud, a second handgun and a bag holding a magazine loaded with 9 mm bullets.