Using surveillance video from the kiosk where the two bats were stolen, police said they tracked down Robert J. Hack, 28, of the 8900 block of North Ozanam Avenue, and Jonathan David Koziol, 29, of the 3500 block of North Linder Avenue before they left the stadium Tuesday. Both were charged with felony retail theft.
Hack was also charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer and aggravated battery in a public place for fighting with police and security officers during his arrest, authorities said.
Police were called to Wrigley Field after a vendor said two “one game used” bats had been stolen from a kiosk in the stadium: an Alfonso Soriano Rideau Crusher bat and an autographed Ernie Banks Louisville Slugger, according to a police report.
Officers watched surveillance video that caught the theft and distributed a description of the two, police said.
A security officer who is also a Chicago police officer saw Hack buying a beer at a concession stand around 3 p.m. When he approached him, Hack said, “I didn’t steal any bats,’’ the report said.
Hack then kicked the officer in the knee and punched him in the left side of his chest, the report said. Hack elbowed a second police officer in the face before he was detained by a security officer.
Koziol was later seen trying to leave Wrigley Field with one of the bats and was detained by security officers, the report said.