NJ man skips hearing in Phillies ring theft

Monday, December 7, 2009

As we wait to see whether (or NOT) Pat Burrell is a Met, as reported by PhillyBlurbs.com, how's this for another story from the shady website?

A bench warrant has been issued for a New Jersey man who allegedly stole three World Series rings from the Phillies team offices.

Officials say 22-year-old Matthew Mervine of Berlin, N.J. skipped a preliminary hearing Thursday. Mervine is accused of swiping three 2008 World Series rings from Citizens Bank Park in October.

Team officials say Mervine was kicked out of a playoff game and was videotaped taking the rings after writing down his personal information on a job application.

Advertisement Authorities quickly arrested Mervine and recovered the rings, which are worth $1,100 and intended for scouts.

Court records do not list an attorney for Mervine.

A former ballpark janitor is also charged with stealing a team executive's World Series ring in a separate incident.