Police in Troy, N.Y. say they think they’ve solved the case of some stolen autographs and other sports memorabilia. Two men have been arrested after detectives say they tried to sell “more than $100,000 worth” of goods through a local pawn shop.
Bobby Joe Dayton and William Vertefeuille Jr. are facing charges after an investigation led police to them last week.
Police say they stole nine autographed Willie Mays bats, a pair of signed Muhammad Ali boxing gloves, numerous other signed baseballs, jerseys, photos and other items from a nearby residence, then tried to sell them a few at a time through a local pawn shop.
After a copper wire theft investigation led them to the home of one of those men, detectives found some of the sports items reported as missing by the victim. We’re not convinced the value is accurate if the sports cards shown in local media reports are any indication, but it’s clear there was some good stuff.
WNYT-TV confronted one of the suspects inside his house and he wasn’t in much of a mood to chat.