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Ex-All-Star Cafe Employees Arrested

April 15, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Three former All-Star Cafe employees were charged Thursday in connection with the theft of valuable baseball cards on loan from actor Charlie Sheen at the theme restaurant’s Times Square location, according to the FBI.

Charged were Gregory Corden, the cafe’s maintenance manager; Thomas Gartland, a fellow employee; Michael Hess, the cafe’s assistant chef; and Benjamin Ramos, who handled resale of the cards.

All four have been charged in federal court with conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen property and sale or receipt of stolen property.

Among the 27 cards stolen last year was a Honus Wagner, a sheet of 25 unseparated 1934 cards and a 1933 Napoleon LaJoie.

The Wagner card is considered one of the rarest of baseball cards; one sold last year for $222,500 at Christie’s. All but two of the stolen cards have been recovered.

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