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Ex-IU star Belcher arrested after holdup

Damarlo Belcher, a former standout wide receiver at North Side and Indiana, was arrested Friday on suspicion of robbing a marijuana dealer in Bloomington, according the Bloomington Police Department.

Investigators discovered that Belcher was staying in Fort Wayne, and Bloomington police with help from Fort Wayne detectives found him at a relative’s home Friday morning. The 24-year-old was taken into custody on an armed robbery charge.

In the process, police seized about 12 grams of marijuana and $795 in cash. When questioned, Belcher admitted to the robbery that occurred Oct. 30, Bloomington police said.

It was not until Nov. 3 that police heard about the robbery while investigating a homicide and another robbery in Bloomington.

Police learned that a third party had arranged for Belcher and the dealer to meet under the pretense that Belcher wanted to buy marijuana. Belcher instead pulled a handgun and stole about 4 ounces of marijuana from the dealer, police said.

Belcher, who lives in Bloomington, was being held without bail at the Allen County Lockup on Friday night.

Belcher played at IU from 2008 to 2011. He was suspended for Indiana’s 59-38 homecoming loss to Northwestern on Oct. 29, 2011. He was dismissed from the program for violation of team rules two days later.

He later admitted that a failed drug test was the violation that led to his dismissal from the Indiana football team.

He left the IU program No. 2 all time on the school’s career receptions list with 189 catches, and he had 2,225 career receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.

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LaMond Pope of The Journal Gazette contributed to this story.

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