USF custodian arrested for theft

USF officials are conducting an investigation into the future employment of Rickie Don King, a USF senior custodial supervisor.

King, 46, was arrested May 23 for grand theft. Police say King stole cleaning supplies and paper products from the university.

Sgt. Mike Klingebiel, spokesman of University Police, said in a weekly police report that King was taken into custody and transported to the Hillsborough County Jail after a traffic stop.

Klingebiel added that King was charged with grand theft because the amount of products he stole exceeds $300.

“If it was less than that amount, it would have been considered just theft,” he said.

Michelle Carlyon, senior media relations coordinator of USF, said King has been a USF employee since September 1978 and earns a $27,622 annual salary.

Carlyon said King’s status as an employee is under investigation and the situation will be addressed according to the university personnel policies.

King was released from jail on $2,000 bond the same night of his arrest.