Stellar defense has helped propel the Red Sox to the World Series. It looks like those talents extend to Fenway Park's security staff.
A 23-year-old Concord man was caught trying to steal the first baseman's glove of Mike Napoli from the clubhouse 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.
Bail was set at $300 and Robbins was ordered to stay away from Fenway. He is scheduled to return to court Dec. 11.
"It was valued at $450 for purposes of the case, but a perfectly worn mitt is priceless," Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement. "We're glad Mike got it back and won't have to worry about it tomorrow night," for the first game of the World Series.
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 leave 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 led them to believe Robbins had also been in the press box, the statement said. It was unclear how he had obtained the credentials.
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