Mementos of glory: Stealing ivy is just the beginning

Trying to steal ivy from Wrigley Field? Amateurish. Try this

January 02, 2012|RedEye

For one man—and Cubs fan?—ringing in the new year just wouldn't have been complete without trespassing at Wrigley Field and tearing some ivy off the outfield wall.

That's what Michael Vite, 24, did Sunday, according to Chicago police. He tried to flee with the iconic vegetation but was stopped by police after a Cubs security officer saw him on video surveillance. He got access to the Friendly Confines through an area under construction on the west side of the facility, according to a police report.

If this crime becomes a trend, sports stadiums should be on the lookout for people trying to steal these "artifacts."

The Cellular Field pinwheels

Thy might not be quite as iconic as the Wrigley ivy, but the scoreboard pinwheels at U.S. Cellular Field would be some fanatics' perfect home-sports-bar accent piece.

United Center Bulls title banner

They've got plenty to spare, right? Maybe the UC personnel wouldn't even notice they're gone.

Untied Center ice

What could be cooler, no pun intended, than owning—do you own something after stealing it?—a piece of the ice that the Blackhawks skate on?

Soldier Field turf

Why not? It's always tearing away on its own anyway. Nobody would miss it. Heck, take it all.

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