Pair Arrested Trying to Steal Ivy from Wrigley Field


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While the Chicago Cubs might not be the most entertaining team to watch on the field, nobody can say that the there aren’t interesting moments that take place at Wrigley Field. Early Sunday morning was yet another of those rare occasions, as a pair of Pennsylvania men were arrested in the early hours of the day as they attempted to steal ivy from Wrigley’s famous outfield walls. More information, courtesy of the Chicago Tribune:

"Kevin Burge and Steven Gudknecht, both 25, were charged with misdemeanor trespassing when they were arrested at Wrigley about 3:45 AM, police said. Team security spotted them on closed-circuit cameras, entering the stadium, and when police arrived, the two were “found on the field, as they were trying to get ivy”, said team spokesman Julian Green.Police found no evidence that anything was stolen or damaged in the building."

Police didn’t specify how the two men – each of whom are more than six feet tall – were able to squeeze through the security bars to enter the stadium.

While official “Wrigley Field ivy” would certainly make a nice souvenir for most baseball fans and memorabilia collectors, there are far easier ways to obtain it rather than breaking into Wrigley Field. For instance, the ivy that grows at Wrigley is known as Boston Ivy (it actually turns red in the fall). Boston Ivy can be purchased on for less than $8, far less than whatever fines these two Pennsylvania fans will face along with their trespassing charges.