2 Arrested Trying To Steal Wrigley Field Ivy

Al Yellon

3:45 a.m. is not a time Wrigley Field is usually open.

A lesson to everyone: If you're thinking about trying this, don't. Just don't.

Two Pennsylvania men were arrested overnight at Wrigley Field after they managed to squeeze through metal security bars, climb through a window and tried to steal ivy from the stadium, authorities said.  

Kevin Burge and Steven Gudknecht, both 25, were charged with misdemeanor trespassing when they were arrested at Wrigley about 3:45 a.m., 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 Chicago Cubs spokesman Julian Green.

3:45 a.m.? Naturally, I don't have any proof of this, but "drunk and stupid" comes to mind. "Squeeze through metal security bars"? The article doesn't say exactly where at Wrigley this happened, but that can't be easy. However:

"When you have two individuals intent on committing foul play, they are going to find a way," said Green, saying that going through the security bars poses "serious bodily harm" to anyone who tries it.

"These were just some fans who probably wanted to take a piece of Wrigley Field back home," Green said.

Whenever someone trespasses at the field, as happens a few times a year, however, the Cubs pursue criminal charges, Green said.

The Sun-Times article about this says the two were charged with "a misdemeanor count of criminal trespass." They have a court date for later this month; I am (obviously) not a lawyer, but I know we have several who post here. If any lawyers here have any thoughts on how this case will be adjudicated, post them in the comments.

And seriously: don't do this. Just don't.

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