Woman Arrested In Rare Baseball Card Theft
Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson In Century-Old Collection
POSTED: 10:57 am EDT July 15, 2010
UPDATED: 11:14 am EDT July 15, 2010
WAREHAM, Mass. — Police say they have recovered a baseball card collection that includes century-old depictions of Ty Cobb and Walter Johnson reported stolen from a Wareham home last weekend and charged a Bourne woman in connection with the theft.
Authorities say 29-year-old Melissa Sleeper was pulled over this week and police found the seven-card collection worth an estimated $11,000 in her car. She was charged with receiving stolen property and released on bail after a not guilty plea was entered on her behalf Tuesday.
The cards’ owner, whose name was not released by police, identified the collection as his, saying they were family heirlooms.
Police would not say whether Sleeper knew the owner.
It was not immediately clear if Sleeper had a lawyer and a home number could not be located.