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Two Purdue University football players were arrested Monday by Lafayette police.

Redshirt freshman football players Jordan Woods, 19, and B.J. Knauf, 20, were arrested for theft and booked into Tippecanoe County Jail.

At about 5:30 p.m., Lafayette police were called to Kohl's within Tippecanoe Mall for reports of two male shoplifters. Woods and Knauf were detained by Kohl's loss prevention officers after they had allegedly stolen two tie bars, valued at $20 each. The Kohl's prevention officers recovered the tie bars before police arrived.

Lafayette police then decided there was probable cause and arrested the two men.

Purdue associate athletic director Tom Schott said coach Darrell Hazell was aware of the incident and "takes such matters seriously and respects that there is an ongoing legal process that he will allow to evolve before determining any possible internal disciplinary action."

Both Knauf and Woods are receivers. Knauf has played in each of Purdue's first five games, catching nine passes for 95 yards. He's rushed for 90 yards on 11 carries. Woods has yet to appear in a game.

Both posted bond and were released Monday night.

This story was written by the Indianapolis Star, a Gannett property

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