Former Seton Hall coach pleads not guilty to shoplifting

This Feb. 26, 2010, file photo shows Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Marquette, in Newark, N.J. A person close to the university tells The Associated Press that Seton Hall basketball coach Bobby Gonzalez has been fired. The person spoke Wednesday, March 17, 2010, on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

July 21, 2010 8:05:21 AM PDT
Former Seton Hall basketball coach Bobby Gonzalez has pleaded not guilty to a shoplifting charge.

Gonzalez is accused of taking a satchel worth roughly $1,400 from the Polo Ralph Lauren store in The Mall at Short Hills Mall last month.

Police say he removed the sensor device from the satchel and walked out of the store without paying for it.

Gonzalez was arraigned in Newark Wednesday on criminal mischief and shoplifting charges. The shoplifting charge is punishable by up to five years in jail.

Gonzalez was fired in March after Seton Hall lost in the opening round of the NIT. He has since sued the school over his dismissal.