Posted September 02, 2013

Two men arrested trying to steal Wrigley Field ivy

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Two men were arrested attempting to steal ivy from Wrigley Field's walls. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Two men were arrested attempting to steal ivy from Wrigley Field’s walls. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Two Pennsylvania men were arrested early Saturday morning attempting to steal ivy from the outfield walls of Wrigley Field, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

The men somehow managed to squeeze through bars to enter the stadium — all captured on security cameras – then were arrested by police while trying to steal ivy.

From the Tribune:

Kevin Burge and Steven Gudknecht, both 25, were charged with misdemeanor trespassing when they were arrested at Wrigley about 3:45 a.m., police said. Team security spotted them on closed-circuit cameras, entering the stadium, and when police arrived, the two were “found on the field, as they were trying to get ivy,” said Chicago Cubs spokesman Julian Green.

The men are from Chalfont, Pennsylvania, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli. The Philadelphia Phillies are in Chicago to play a series against the Cubs at the field at Addison and Clark Streets.

Police found no evidence that anything was stolen or damaged in the building, Mirabelli said.

Mirabelli would not say how the men managed to squeeze through the bars.

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Green characterized the men as  “just some fans who probably wanted to take a piece of Wrigley Field back home,” but also said the Cubs pursue criminal charges against any trespasser, which happens a few times every year.


12 comments
rpearlston
rpearlston

One wonders the blood alcohol level of idiots such as these two and of those who run onto the field to disrupt a game.  Then again, we know not that these two are idiots, and so does everyone back home in Chalfont, PA.  

SlamaLama
SlamaLama

They could probably take clones and sell them online, "Get your living piece of Wrigley Field!"
Do it!

1cubfan2002
1cubfan2002

I'm betting they get off with a simple "don't do it again, fellas". Go Cubs!

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

I love this country we live in, locking men up for taking what is akin to scrubbery, for a free Democratic society this is why we tend the have one of the highest country with jailed citizens.. just fine the men and move on that simple. We value material things over the life of people too often in this country. The dried out bush can be replaced.

cubeadoob
cubeadoob

How about trying to squeeze a dead goat through the bars?   

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

"Cubs pursue criminal charges against any trespasser..." The Cubs should pursue criminal charges against themselves for trespassing on a field of play reserved for baseball teams.

John NoLastName
John NoLastName

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler It doesn't say anything about their being in jail. And regarding the high incarceration rate ... if you don't commit a crime, then you won't go to jail. That's not hard to comprehend, is it?

It isn't necessary to turn every little thing that happens into some kind of nutso political statement.

rpearlston
rpearlston

@cubeadoob The Cubs should have had a goat eat the Bartman ball instead of blowing it up.

rpearlston
rpearlston

@UleNotknow I understand the sentiment, but they're better than the Marlins, the Astros and yes, the White Sox.  Remember, too, that the Brewers aren't that much better than the Cubs.