Cops: Sob Story Wasn’t True; Red Sox Gear Hot

Kevin Youkilis lost his glove.  Dustin Pedroia’s shoes walked away.  Even home plate left home in April of last year.  13 months later, police believe they have solved at least part of the case involving some potentially pricey game used and game-worn memorabilia from the Red Sox clubhouse.

The Suffolk County District Attorney held a news conference Thursday to offer details on the theft and what led them to 32-year-old Jamie Pritchard-Holland of Nahant, Mass.

Pritchard-Holland was arrested by police on Long Island May 4 after a lengthy search.

Investigators say the jerseys, helmets, a glove, a part of the Fenway Park wall and a stack of other items were spotted in an auction house catalog this past winter and then tracked to Pritchard-Holland, who is no stranger to the police blotter.  He was arrested on weapons charges in 2007 and just two months ago,  authorities picked him up on a shoplifting charge at a local Sears.

Pritchard-Holland is being held to face charges of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

According to the DA, he told Leland’s that he’d obtained the items from the brother of Red Sox GM Theo Epstein and was only selling them because he had to pay medical bills for a child and he was apparently convincing enough for a deal to be struck.

In fact, investigators say Pritchard-Holland paid someone $600 for the items.  That person is apparently still at large.

Undercover officers posing as interested buyers helped unravel the whole mess.   NECN covered the news conference and showed off the goods–and  the mug shots: