Phoenix Cop Who Took $15 Worth of Baseball Cards From Vacant Home Gets Job Back
Image: www.joessports.com A 1953 Willie Mays baseball card, going for $1,449 on one Web site
A Phoenix police officer accused of taking old baseball cards from a vacant home will get her job back, reports Channel 5 (KPHO-TV).
Channel 5's Cara Liu put out a report in April about Marysol Larrison and Al Jackson, two officers who were disciplined for stealing property out of the home. Liu's online article doesn't actually say "stealing" -- it just dances around the concept:
The records also show Officer Larrison said she "never thought her conduct was illegal... since the property was in foreclosure."
The cops apparently thought they'd struck gold when they saw the vintage cards glued to a door in the home. They peeled off the cards and pocketed them, and a "colleague" later turned them in. Though legendary Hall-of-Famers like Willie Mays, Don Drysdale and Ernie Banks were among the figures on the cards, a local cards shop had valued them at $15 due to their poor condition.
Larrison was fired and Jackson -- a 30-year veteran -- began his retirement sooner than planned.
Larrison forced the game into extra innings with the help of her lawyer and got herself reinstated as an officer. Her new punishment: A 120-hour unpaid suspension.
After all, it's not like shetook out the refrigerator and countertops.