A couple of overzealous–and perhaps entrepreneurial Yankee fans were arrested for trying to swipe some souvenirs from the last Opening Day at Yankee Stadium.
Were they in need of a decorative awning for the house? An eye-catching display for their memorabilia room? Or just thinking eBay?
We’ll never know but two Yankees fans may be re-thinking their decision to try to take home a piece of stadium memorabilia Tuesday night.
Police said that witnesses reported seeing 41-year-old John Bunjaporte and 39-year-old Keith O’Rourke trying to remove screws from the decorative bunting during Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.
The red, white and blue flag-like bunting usually is draped throughout the stadium on special event dates like Opening Day or during playoff and World Series games.
Bunjaporte and O’Rourke were detained and booked by the New York City Police Department and a Yankees news release said the pair "will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law." The men face charges of petty larceny and criminal mischief and have lost their season tickets.
Bronx prosecutors said the men are scheduled to respond to the charges May 19. They could face up to a year in prison if convicted on charges which include attempted larceny and criminal mischief.
Yankees Chief Operating Officer Lonn Trost said the team would continue to be on the lookout for anyone attempting to grab a piece of history this season.
"This type of destructive behavior will not be tolerated from the first game of the season through the last," he said.