Stellar defense has helped propel the Red Sox to the World Series. It looks like those skills extend to Fenway Park’s security staff.
A 23-year-old Concord man was caught trying to steal the first baseman Mike Napoli’s mitt after the Sox celebrated winning the pennant early Sunday, authorities said.
Thomas Robbins was arraigned Monday in Roxbury District Court on charges of attempting to commit a crime and trespassing, the Suffolk District Attorney’s office said in a statement.
“It was valued at $450 for purposes of the case, but a perfectly worn mitt is priceless,” said Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley. “We’re glad Mike got it back and won’t have to worry about it tomorrow night,” for the first game of the 109th World Series.
At around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to Yawkey Way for a report of larceny and found Robbins inside the Sox clubhouse. When asked what he was doing, Robbins began to exit the clubhouse, dropping Napoli’s beloved glove along the way, the statement said.
Robbins was stopped by fast-thinking Fenway security staff in a parking lot reserved for players. He was carrying Red Sox and Major League Baseball press box passes, which lead them to believe Robbins had also been in the press box, the statement said. It was unclear how he had obtained the credentials.
Robbins had entered Fenway through an area marked “authorized personnel only,” the statement said.