Burglar hits Mariners store, grabs 16 Ichiro jerseys, caught on video
A man made off with 16 Ichiro jerseys early Wednesday in a smash-and-grab burglary at the Mariners Team Store at Safeco Field.
YouTube video: Break-in at Seattle Mariners Team Store
Ichiro was No. 51 for the Seattle Mariners, but apparently No. 1 in the heart of one burglar.
A man used a rock or a brick to smash a window at the Mariners Team Store at Safeco Field early Wednesday and made off with an armful of Ichiro replica jerseys. The smash-and-grab burglary was captured on a surveillance video.
It appears the man only wanted the jerseys bearing the name and number of the former Mariners outfielder, who was traded last month to the New York Yankees.
"They were very specific," said store supervisor Chris French. "We are thinking they had scoped it out before."
The 16 Ichiro jerseys stolen normally retail for $240 apiece. But French said the price recently was slashed in half.
Police were called to the team store, at 1250 First Ave. S., around 4:15 a.m., said Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt. Officers found jerseys strewed on the sidewalk outside the broken window.
Glass that had sprayed inside the store was quickly cleaned up, and the broken window was boarded up in time for Wednesday's afternoon game.
Seattle Times staff reporters Christine Clarridge and Jennifer Sullivan contributed to this report.