Baseball Fans Nab Suspects After Losing Tickets, Clothes
NEW YORK (AP) _ It was clear to three college students from South Dakota that they had found the people who had stolen their stuff.
After all, the couple was sitting in the students’ seats at Shea Stadium, apparently having used the students’ missing tickets. And they were wearing the students’ clothes.
″One of the kids said, ’Hey, the guy is wearing my whole outfit,‴ said Mike Corcoran, a security supervisor at the stadium.
Robert Gray, 21, Michael Gukeisen and Brett Teveldal, both 22, arrived in New York on Friday and parked their rental car in Greenwich Village.
When they went back to the car Saturday, their luggage was missing, along with $500 cash and tickets to that night’s Mets-Braves game, police said.
They reported the theft to police and contacted Shea Stadium officials, who issued them free tickets.
But the young men, intent on solving the crime, staked out their stolen seats - mezzanine level, section 12, row A.
Two seats were occupied - by a man wearing Teveldal’s denim shirt, jeans and gray sneakers and a woman sporting one of the students’ T-shirts, police said.
Henry Davis, 51, and Milageros Monserate, 27, were charged with possession of stolen property. Police said both are homeless.
The two told police they had found the clothes dumped on a sidewalk and had bought the tickets from someone on the street.
The students sat in their original seats to watch the Mets beat the Braves 6-1. Authorities returned their clothes, dressing the suspects in orange uniforms ordinarily worn by stadium vendors.
Gregg Sanders, a spokesman for Shea Stadium, said it’s not unusual to catch ticket thieves by staking out the seats - though getting back stolen clothing that way may be less common.