Crime History: Big-league umpire busted in baseball card theft

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On this day, April 21, in 1990, Major League Baseball umpire Bob Engel was arrested on charges of stealing 4,180 baseball cards from a Target retail store in BakersÞeld, Calif.

A security officer said he saw Engel, 56, pull a paper bag from the waistband of his pants and fill it with seven boxes of Score brand cards, valued at $143.

Engel, an umpire in the majors for 25 years, was back at work the day after his arrest, working the Dodgers game against the Houston Astros.

Baseball suspended him the following day. Two weeks later, investigators charged Engel with trying to take cards at a Costco store three months before the Target arrest.

Engel was sentenced to three years probation and retired from baseball.

- Scott McCabe

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