Thousands of dollars in collectible silver coins reportedly have been stolen from the Florida home of Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk.
According to a report in the (Sarasota, Fla.) Herald-Tribune, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that they were notified a day earlier by a pest-control service that Fisk’s unoccupied house east of Bradenton had been broken into.
"All they took was the coins," sheriff’s office spokesman Dave Bristow told the Herald-Tribune. "There were other things that they didn’t take that were of value."
Because no other items — including Fisk’s baseball memorabilia — were stolen, the sheriff’s office reportedly thinks the alleged burglar knew the coins were there.
Bristow told the Herald-Tribune that Fisk and his wife, Linda, had been out of town for about a week and the house was burglarized while they were gone. The pest-control service employee who discovered the burglary said the back door had been taken off the hinges and that the break-in might have been done by squatters.
"There was nobody there at the time, but it looked like they had been helping themselves to the home and facilities," Michael McClain, who runs Pest Control by Mike Inc., told the Herald-Tribune. McClain said he’s been providing services at the house for about five years.
Fisk, who played 11 years with the Boston Red Sox and 13 with the Chicago White Sox, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000. His game-winning home run for the Red Sox in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series at Fenway Park is one of baseball’s most famous dramatic moments.
The three-bedroom house, built in 2002, has an assessed value of $861,798, the Herald-Tribune reported according to the Manatee County Property Appraiser’s website.