Ex-UA football star indicted for theft, damage at closed Tucson restaurant

2013-05-23T16:18:00Z 2013-05-23T17:19:35Z Ex-UA football star indicted for theft, damage at closed Tucson restaurantVeronica M. Cruz Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Former University of Arizona and NFL kicker turned Tucson restaurant owner, Max Zendejas, was indicted in Pima County Superior Court on damage and theft charges related to his recently closed UA area restaurant.

The indictment alleges that from March to May 15 Zendejas, 49, "knowingly controlled property of the University of Arizona...with the intent to deprive the University of Arizona of such property" at his restaurant, Zendejas 13 located at 1628 E. Sixth St. The property includes a walk-in refrigerator, compressors, ceiling fans and kitchen sinks worth more than $25,000.

The indictment also alleges Zendejas "recklessly defaced or damaged property belonging to the University of Arizona" causing more than $10,000 in damages at the restaurant.

Zendejas opened the Mexican restaurant and bar across the street from Arizona Stadium in 2010.

The restaurant closed on April 12.

The University of Arizona Police Department would not release police reports citing an open investigation.

Zendejas played for the UA in the early 1980s followed by one season in the NFL with the Washington Redskins and two with the Green Bay Packers.  

He then became involved in restaurants and different family businesses in the Phoenix area.

Zendejas is also a co-owner of the Blue Moon Nightclub, 1901 S. Fourth Ave.

Contact reporter Veronica Cruz at vcruz@azstarnet.com or at 573-4224.

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