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Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 18, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Nearly every day now, somebody tries to walk out of Yankee Stadium with something. People have tried to tear signs off the wall or even dismantle a seat. One knucklehead – seriously – was caught with a toilet seat.

The Yankees are taking steps to make sure these final four days don’t get out of control. Here’s the release they handed us last night:

With only four regular season games remaining at Yankee Stadium, the New York Yankees are partnering with numerous law enforcement agencies to ensure a safe and enjoyable fan experience for the remaining contests at the historic ballpark.

The New York Police Department, Major League Baseball and several federal and state agencies have joined in the effort to safeguard against any and all unlawful activity. Both plain-clothed and uniformed security personnel will be stationed at Yankee Stadium for the remainder of the season.

The Yankees are asking all fans to share in this memorable time in a respectful manner. Damaging the Stadium and/or attempted theft of Stadium property is a crime, and violators will be prosecuted by the Bronx District Attorney’s Office to the fullest extent of the law.

“Providing a safe and enjoyable Stadium atmosphere is our top priority,” said Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo. “With the cooperation and support of so many throughout the law enforcement community, the Yankees look forward to celebrating these historic games with their fans in the manner they and the building deserve.”

I found out a few other things:

* The Bronx DA really has agreed to prosecute any thefts harshly. So don’t think you’ll get pinched and then get a small fine.

* There will be security and cops all over the exits after games.

* There are literally millions to be made with the sale of seats, signs and other souvenirs of the Stadium. The Yankees aren’t letting you and your buddies walk out with something for free.

* They’ve even making the players pay for what they want.

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