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Cleaner arrested for stealing glove from SoftBank Hawks player’s locker

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Police in Fukuoka have arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of stealing a glove from the locker of a SoftBank Hawks baseball player.

According to police, Hidetoshi Nakahama, who lives in Itoshima, Fukuoka Prefecture, is employed as a cleaner at PayPay Dome, the Hawks’ home ground. Police said he has admitted to stealing a baseball glove belonging to pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada at around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Fuji TV reported. The glove is worth about 100,000 yen.

There was no game being played on Thursday night and the locker room was empty.

On Friday, Nakahama sold the glove to a store in Fukuoka. Police said he emerged as a suspect after surveillance camera footage showed him going into the locker room prior to the theft.

In July, the club reported the theft of other items from the locker room and police are questioning Nakahama about his involvement in those cases.

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No no no…glove is worth ¥30, 000..

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aftersale VALUE is ¥100,000

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Not the brightest bulb in the room. It's not like anyone can just walk into the locker room of a pro baseball team.

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Surprised it wasn't the jockstraps.

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LOL.

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My friend that works for an MLB team said that the team throws away equipment and other stuff players wear daily. Gloves and bats are the only ones kept by the players because players use what they have broke in and used to. At the end of the season is when players abandon their junk and you have a dumpster of stuff worth tens of thousands depends of which player used them.

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Word is that this incident is the cleaner’s third strike so he will be going down for a long time.

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He should have taken a base.

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Well, if the glove fits...

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If I were to steal something I'd make it so valuable that I could afford to live in a foreign country which doesn't have an extradition treaty with my own. I'd also probably wear a disguise during the crime. I hope he was at least wearing a disguise.

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No no no…glove is worth ¥30, 000..

Sure, a plain jane Mizuno model that you can buy at Sports Depot or whatever is probably around 30k. But I don't think it's out of the question for a high-end professional model to be worth 100k. (Although, it's very likely that Wada got the glove for free as part of an endorsement deal.)

Anyways, the glove would have been highly personalized (probably embroidered with the player's name and number) and Wada is a near-legendary pitcher for the Hawks, so the odds of this sale in Fukuoka prefecture flying under the radar are almost zero. As pointed out by another poster, we're probably not talking about the brightest person in the world here.

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He just needs a good lawyer who explains to the jury: If the glove don't fit, you must acquit ...

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On Friday, Nakahama sold the glove to a store in Fukuoka.

Moron, don't sell it to a store, they'll always rip you off. Auction it!

 Police said he emerged as a suspect after surveillance camera footage showed him going into the locker room prior to the theft.

But then again..........I doubt he was remotely intelligent before stealing from a pro team's locker room.

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BradleyAug. 22  05:27 pm JST

If I were to steal something I'd make it so valuable that I could afford to live in a foreign country which doesn't have an extradition treaty with my own. I'd also probably wear a disguise during the crime. I hope he was at least wearing a disguise.

We will be keeping tabs on you Bradley, and digging through your past. We have an empty cell waiting for you to step out of line.

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Arrrgh-Type

Aug. 22  09:10 pm JST

Sure, a plain jane Mizuno model that you can buy at Sports Depot or whatever is probably around 30k. But I don't think it's out of the question for a high-end professional model to be worth 100k. (Although, it's very likely that Wada got the glove for free as part of an endorsement deal.)

Yeah, you’re right. I just checked pro models and they run 7-8万円. Then with all the bells and whistles…

And he most certainly is sponsored by the company so his gloves are freebies.

It’s hard getting old…I wrote my first comments thinking back to the gloves I bought 35 years ago when I played ball!

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Nakahama sold the glove to a store in Fukuoka. Police said he emerged as a suspect after surveillance camera footage showed him going into the locker room prior to the theft. Nakahama isn't the brightest guy, he probably had a better chance at stealing home plate. The idiot works there and has no clue that CAMERAS are everywhere. You can't walk down the street now days and not being photographed knowingly or unknowingly!!

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