Former Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels was arrested for looting $2.3 million. According to the New York Times, the charges were not immediately clear. However, New York police detectives and prosecutors have focused on what people have reported as a pattern of theft over several decades of sports memorabilia, autographed bats, balls, other equipment, uniforms, and even a full set of 40 autographed uniforms worn during the 1986 World Series and also the autographed uniforms worn during the commemorative 9/11 game played days after the terrorist attacks.
Samuels was fired about one week after the investigation was disclosed in November. The allegations were initially centered on gambling with a ring linked to organized crime.
Queens district attorney Richard A. Browne said Tuesday night in a news advisory that the results of an investigation of baseball and sports memorabilia will be announced at a news conference Wednesday morning.
Samuels held three posts of clubhouse manager, equipment manager and traveling secretary. Normally most teams assign the jobs to 2-3 different people. Samuels had unchecked authority over the team's road account, tickets, equipment purchases and other matters.
People said detectives recovered a substantial amount of memorabilia from a storage locker Samuels maintained.
If convicted, Samuels will face up to 25 years in prison.