Debit card theft suspect is former pro basketball player

Carlos Mitchell, 31, is former member of Texas Fuel ABA team

Carlos Mitchell, 31, once had a promising future on the basketball court.

Now he is headed to a different kind of court after his arrest Friday on a charge of credit card abuse.

An arrest affidavit stated that San Antonio police believe Mitchell is the man who broke into lockers at two Gold’s Gym locations last month and stole valuables.

The charge against him stems from a theft that was reported March 12.

The affidavit stated that a 76-year-old man told police that someone had broken into his locker at Gold’s in the 11800 block of Bandera Road, and stolen cash and a debit card out of his wallet.

Police said the card was used later at a nearby HEB store to make a $180 purchase.

According to the affidavit, detectives had already identified Mitchell as a suspect in a similar case last month at the Gold’s Gym near Interstate 10 and DeZavala Road.

Investigators obtained surveillance video of the debit card transaction from HEB and identified Mitchell as the suspect, the affidavit stated.

Employees at Gold’s Gym also told police they recognized him as a long-time member, the affidavit stated.

A website for the Texas Fuel, San Antonio’s team in the American Basketball Association, shows Mitchell played as a guard in the 2009-2010 season.

The team’s owner, Aurora Deiri, confirmed that he played for the team one year, and described him as a “talented young athlete.”

Deiri said she did not recall the exact reason why Mitchell left the team.

Mitchell is a 2000 graduate of Taft High School who later played basketball for Stephen F. Austin State University, according to the university’s website.

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