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Baylor Softball: Star CF McKenzie Wilson Arrested for Theft

Baylor outfielder McKenzie Wilson (21) looks at Oklahoma State pitcher Lexi Kilfoyl (8) as she pitches during a college softball game between the Oklahoma State Cowgirls (OSU) and the Baylor Bears at Cowgirl Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., on Saturday, March 25, 2023.

Baylor softball star center-fielder and leadoff batter McKenzie Wilson was arrested this week on allegations that she stole more than $1,200 worth of cosmetics over 11 visits to a Target store in Waco (Tex.), according to Tommy Witherspoon of KWTX.

Wilson was arrested and booked for Class A misdemeanor theft of more than $750 but less than $2,500. She was released from McClennan County Jail on Monday after posting a $1,000 bond and could face up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

According to an arrest affidavit, Wilson is being charged with stealing a total of $1,209 worth of cosmetic items during trips to Target from May 13, 2023, to Feb. 5, 2024.

 

“On May 13, 2023, McKenzie Wilson failed to scan and pay for multiple Hero Cosmetics items valued at $119.41 at the Target Retail Store …” the affidavit alleges. “The theft of Hero Cosmetics items was captured by security cameras. Target Loss Prevention also had provided video evidence of 11 other thefts that occurred throughout the rest of 2023 and some in 2024 where McKenzie failed to scan and pay for Hero Cosmetics items.”

Wilson, a senior broadcast major from Long Beach, Calif., has been pivotal in her time with the Baylor program, earning Preseason First-Team All-Big 12 Honors in 2023 as well as First-Team All-Big 12 Honors in 2022 after setting a Baylor single-season record with a .530 on-base percentage.

It is unclear what Wilson’s status with the program is at this time, as Baylor has stated that it has taken the proper action and will handle the issue internally.

 

“We are aware of the reported situation, and based on the available information, we have taken the appropriate action.” said Brent Ingram, Baylor assistant athletic director for communications. “We will continue to handle this matter internally and in accordance with university protocols. We will have no further comment.”

No. 17 Baylor (8-3) is set to host Morgan State for a three-game series this weekend, and after two midweek games next week, will open up Big 12 play against No. 6 Oklahoma State (15-2) on March 8 at Getterman Stadium.

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