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Report: Ripken statue stolen, recovered

Sept. 9, 2009 at 4:01 PM

BALTIMORE, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Police say they have arrested four men for allegedly stealing the No. 8 statue of retired Orioles star Cal Ripken Jr.

Matthew Rayner, 20, Jason Stoneberner, 19, and Patrick Reynolds, 18, all of Essex, and Gary Parker, 19, of Southeast Baltimore allegedly were spotted driving a pickup truck on a downtown street after the statue was stolen overnight from in front of the Camden Yards baseball stadium, The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday.

The aluminum statue has been at the stadium since 2001.

Police said the men were being processed on charges of theft and destruction of property. The theft allegedly was caught on surveillance camera video.

Ripken was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, N.Y., after a 20-year career (1981-2001), all with the Orioles.

He had 3,184 hits, 431 home runs, 19 straight All-Star appearances, and two American League MVP awards, and his streak of 2,130 games is the longest in major league history.

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