Cincinnati Reds Pitcher Arrested
Now, if you follow baseball, you see your share of arrests. Not as many as if you follow football, but nary a season goes by when someone isn’t booked on a DUI. You even hear your occasional domestic violence or attempted rape charge. But this is the first time I can remember someone being arrested for shoplifting.
The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that pitcher Mike Leake was booked on a charge of theft today around 2 p.m:
Leake, of Ludlow, was arrested after Macy’s department store loss prevention employees stopped the Reds pitcher today after they say he took $59.88 in property from the store.
Police said the incident was caught on security cameras at the Downtown Macy’s.
The theft is listed as a misdemeanor. Cincinnati police didn’t immediately respond to e-mails asking for more information about Leake’s arrest.
If found guilty, the charge could mean as much as 180 days in jail. But who knows if he’s guilty. They aren’t giving any details yet, and for all we know he might have accidentally walked out with something. I know I’ve almost done it.
Despite the mugshot, the story does not say Leake was stoned at the time.
Well the arrest report said he removed the anti theft tags from each of the six t shirts and they have it all on film. Innocent until proven guilty but that is pretty damning evidence.
That’s not entirely accurate. The police arrest report said nothing about removing tags or even what items were stolen, simply that the “arrested took property from Macy’s without paying.” (Source: http://news.cincinnati.com/assets/AB173228418.PDF)
It’s Macy’s who’s claiming to have video tape recordings of Leake removing the tags from 6 shirts.
Shirts? I’m very interested to see what kind of a defense his legal team will put together for this one. I bet it will cost him more than $50.
This promotion was cancelled right after the Leake news hit, I’m beginning to think something is up:
“The first 6 fans in attendance for the April 21st home game against the Arizona Diamondbacks will receive a free, slightly damaged American Rag T-shirt, brought to you(unknowingly) by Macy’s!”
I might be looking too far into it.