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Ex-football star Gwaltney among 5 charged in burglary

January 23, 2013 3:57:12 AM PST
A former Long Island high school football star is accused with four other men of burglarizing a home at gunpoint.

Jason Gwaltney and the others were charged with burglary and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police say they broke into a Huntington house through an unlocked door early Tuesday.

Police didn't specify Gwaltney's alleged role. They said three of the suspects were armed and demanded cash from the five residents while two other suspects waited in a getaway car.

Gwaltney, of Brentwood, played football for North Babylon High School. He was Suffolk County's only two-time Hansen Award winner and a three-time All-Long Island selection.

He chose West Virginia University on a football scholarship in 2005, turning down some of the top football schools in the nation.

A knee injury and academic issues caused him to leave school.

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