Former Aggie yell leader candidate arrested for theft

Friday, May 18, 2012 - 3:52pm

COLLEGE STATION -- An Aggie student who wanted to be the first female yell leader in A&M's history is once again making headlines but not in a good way.

Samantha Ketcham was arrested earlier this week by University Police after they say she stole two bicycles from a campus bike rack.

Those two bicycles were actually "bait bikes" used by University Police to track down and catch thieves.

The bicycles have a GPS device in them that allowed police to track where the bikes were and that's what led them to Ketcham's dorm room.

Students we spoke to on campus today tell us they're shocked by the allegations.

"We take it very seriously, the Aggie code of conduct, and so like it's just weird that someone who was running for what we stand for would completely do the opposite of that," said senior Christine Benson.

"Well an Aggie doesn't lie, cheat or steal so she wasn't being a true Aggie," said sophomore Rachel Redondo.

Redondo's friend, Katherine Biancardi added, "It's pretty ironic I'd have to say."

Ketcham was charged with two counts of theft and has since bonded out of jail.

We attempted to make contact with Ketcham but our messages were not returned.



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