- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) - Central Michigan has reinstated running back Thomas Rawls, who made a plea deal over accusations that he stole a woman’s purse at a casino and used her credit cards.

The 21-year-old Flint resident was charged this month with felonies of larceny and credit card fraud. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of attempted larceny. Sentencing is Oct. 21.

Authorities say the theft happened April 8 at Soaring Eagle Casino.

The team suspended Rawls after the charges. School spokesman Rob Wyman says Rawls now is back on the active roster.

The Chippewas visit Toledo on Saturday.

Rawls won Mid-American Conference West Division offensive player of the week honors after rushing 31 times 155 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-17 upset of Purdue on Sept. 6.

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