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The Today File

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December 19, 2014 at 9:21 PM

SPD nails thief who nabbed historical Mariners’ jerseys

Seattle police say they arrested on Friday a burglar suspected of breaking into Safeco Field and making off with bags of Seattle Mariners historical memorabilia, including jerseys worn by Edgar Martinez and Ken Griffey Jr.

According to police, the man climbed over a fence around 4 a.m. on Thursday, broke glass display cases inside Safeco Field, piled memorabilia into garbage bags and hauled it away. The loot included three jerseys and bats used by Martinez; two jerseys and a cap worn by Lou Piniella; jerseys and caps worn by Ken Griffey Jr.; and a variety of other historical jerseys, bats, gloves and balls from the Seattle Rainiers, the Mariners and a team in Vancouver, BC.

In addition to leaving behind his fingerprints, the suspect was also caught on surveillance video cameras inside the stadium, police said.

Police said they tracked the previously convicted man to his address and went to his home to arrest him. When an officer complied with the suspect’s request to get his coat, the officer saw a number of the stolen items inside his closet. Officers obtained a search warrant for the house and recovered the stolen items, police say.

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