Two Chalfont, Pennsylvania men have been arrested after their failed Wrigley Field Ivy theft attempt. The two men attempted to remove some of the ivy from the park’s famed outfield.
Kevin Burge and Steven Gudknecht, both 25, were arrested and charged with misdemeanor trespassing. The men were arrested at 3:45 am on Monday morning.
The two men entered the ballpark by squeezing through metal security bars. The men were spotted by security guards on closed-circuit surveillance cameras and were promptly arrested.
Cubs spokesman Julian Green confirmed the Wrigley Field ivy theft attempt to The Chicago Tribune. According to Green, the men were attempting to steal from the outfield walls but no property was damaged.
Green says of the ivy theft attempt:
“When you have two individuals intent on committing foul play, they are going to find a way. These were just some fans who probably wanted to take a piece of Wrigley Field back home.”
Wrigley Field was built in 1914, and the park’s historic ivy was purchased and planted in 1937.
Boston Ivy, the stuff that grows on Wrigley Field’s walls, can be purchased for $8 on Amazon. That hardly seems like a good reason to be arrested by Chicago police.
Would you risk jail time for some coveted Wrigley Field ivy?