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 when his small amphibious plane 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.

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