Man Swipes Jersey From Roy Halladay Memorial Outside Citizens Bank Park, But He May Not Face a Theft Charge

A man was arrested for swiping a Roy Halladay jersey from a memorial for the baseball legend outside Citizens Bank Park Thursday, police said.

A Philadelphia Police officer assigned to the K9 Unit witnessed the man grab the jersey and place it inside his jacket. The officer gave chase and arrested the man a short distance away, police said.

The memorial has been growing outside the ballpark's third base gate at S. 11th Street and Pattison Avenue since Halladay's death Tuesday in a Florida plane crash. The star pitcher, who spent three years with the Philadelphia Phillies, died [a href="https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Roy-Halladay-Plane-Icon-A5-456159183.html" >when his small amphibious plane[/a] flipped over in the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40.

Police spokesman Sgt. Eric Gripp said the man may not face a theft charge, however. Since police do not know who owns the jersey, they're not able to charge him with that crime.

Officers issued the man a disorderly conduct summons and sent him on his way, Gripp said.