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[July 14, 2009]

Local boxer Austin Trout arrested for burglary

LAS CRUCES, Jul 14, 2009 (Las Cruces Sun-News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Noted Las Cruces boxer Austin Trout has been arrested and charged with a count each of residential and auto burglary.

Las Cruces police arrested Trout, 23, after a married couple on the 900 block of Gilmer Way reported being awakened by the sounds of someone rummaging around their home shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday.

Trout, a Mayfield High School graduate, is ranked No. 13 by the World Boxing Association, holds a minor WBA title and served as an alternate on the 2004 U.S. Olympic team.

A young woman who answered a cell phone number Trout used in March said a reporter had the wrong number. Trout's trainer, Louie Burke, is en route to Las Cruces from Italy and had his cell phone turned off.

Trout's manager, Bob Spagnola, declined to comment on the arrest, saying only: "I have heard something but I don't want to comment further until I find out more about what happened." According to a police report, the husband went downstairs to investigate the noises and, seeing a driveway light on, went outside and confronted Trout, who was allegedly sitting in the man's car. Trout reportedly fled on foot, but police found him soon after, carrying several items the residents had reported missing. No details were available on what the items were or their value.

Trout was transported to the Dona Ana County Detention Center with a bond set at $15,000. It was unclear if he was still detained there Monday.

Trout, of the 700 block of Brown Road in downtown Las Cruces, was charged with aggravated battery in 2005 but was acquitted by a jury in 2006.

Professionally, Trout defeated Shawn Garnett by unanimous decision in a junior middleweight fight in Toronto on June 26 to improve to an 18-0 record. Trout won his debut fight as a pro in 2005 after winning a national championship.

He recently bemoaned his lack of exposure in an interview with the Sun-News in late June, saying he lacked the same TV and Internet buzz of his opponents due to a lack of "promotional backing." Ashley Meeks can be reached at ameeks@lcsun-news.com; Jason Groves can be reached at jgroves@lcsun-news.com To see more of the Las Cruces Sun-News, or to subscribe to the newspaper, go to http://www.lcsun-news.com. Copyright (c) 2009, Las Cruces Sun-News, N.M.

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