Two men have been arrested after their plan to steal ivy from the walls of Wrigley Field fell through on Sunday morning. Coming all the way from Pennsylvania, Kevin Burge and Steven Gudknecht, both 25, were arrested after being found by police ” on the field, as they were trying to get ivy,” according to Chicago Cubs spokesman Julian Green.
Police responded to the incident and took both men into custody at 3:45 am on Sunday, both men have since been charged with misdemeanor trespassing.
“These were just some fans who probably wanted to take a piece of Wrigley Field back home,” Green added to the Chicago Tribune.
In order to pull off their heist, both men needed to squeeze through iron bars to get onto the field. This posed a serious health risk according to Green. Despite the risk of bodily harm, and the size of both men, neither was harmed. One man was 6’3″ 180 lbs and the other 6′ 170 lbs according to a report by Chicago Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.
The plan appeared to be working as they made their way onto the field, but things took a turn for the worse after they were spotted on camera trespassing on Wrigley Field by team security.
Although the ivy at Wrigley Field is more famous in the baseball world than many of the Cubs that play there, it hardly seems worth the legal trouble that these two men find themselves in for trying to steal it.
Maybe they just wanted to see what the ivy looks like in October, fans don’t get to see that often due to the Cubs perennial struggles.
Both men are due to appear in court on September 26.
Senior Sports Editor