Reds’ pitcher Mike Leake arrested for shoplifting

Mike Leake and Winona Ryder now have more in common today than they did at the start of the week after the Reds’ pitcher was caught stealing $59.88 worth of T-shirts at a Macy’s.

Cincinnati.com has the details.

Reds pitcher Mike Leake was charged with misdemeanor theft hours before Monday’s game after being accused of removing security tags from six T-shirts at a Downtown store and leaving without paying for them, store security and police said.

Employees at Macy’s called police after they said Leake removed the tags from six American Rag T-shirts, valued at $59.88, and left the store with them.

The incident was captured by security cameras, police documents state.

Leake, 23, was arrested at the 505 Vine St. store at 2 p.m. and booked into the jail at 2:32 p.m. He was charged with theft, a misdemeanor carrying a maximum jail term of 180 days. Leake is scheduled for an initial court appearance at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

For those who were wondering, Leake received a $2.3 million signing bonus as a first-round draft pick in 2009 and is set to make $425,000 for the 2011 season. So obviously Mikey has a problem with shoplifting or he lost a bet. If I were him, I’m telling the media that I was honoring a bet I lost over the winter, I’m a fool and it’ll never happen again.

The Reds have described the situation as a “club issue” and are dealing with the matter in-house, which is good of them. They need to let the legal process play out and then figure out the appropriate punishment when the time comes. This will all blow over soon, although Leake won’t live this down for a while.

Here’s hoping one of his teammates is taping a photo of Ryder to Leake’s locker right now…

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