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West Virginia Man Takes Mugshot in Jersey He Stole From Minor League Team

It's possible that Joshua Hanshaw was just a fan looking for some souvenirs when he broke into Appalachian Power Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league affiliate, the West Virginia Power. After all, Hanshaw is wearing hitting coach Ryan Long's jersey in his mug shot following his arrest.

But that probably wasn't the case, as the reportedly homeless Hanshaw looted the Power's locker room for almost $4,000 worth of players' personal items like sunglasses, shoes, and toiletries that had been pre-packed for the team's upcoming road trip. Oh, and the jersey, too.

Quite a Catch

According to surveillance video of the incident, Hanshaw loaded the items onto a laundry cart that he wheeled through the locker room. According to the Power's executive vice president, Ken Fogel, "A detective came in and looked at the footage, recognized the gentleman and paid him a visit."

"It's a simple break-in," Fogel asserted, "it just happened to be at the stadium." Following his arrest, Hanshaw reportedly admitted to breaking into the clubhouse and taking the items. But, Fogel added, "Nothing has been returned to us as of this moment."

Strike...Five?

So how were police able to identify Hanshaw so quickly? According to MiLB.com, the man has been arrested at least four times since January: March 28 for larceny, interfering with law enforcement, and shoplifting; January 22 and June 13, for unspecified charges; and he previously faced grand larceny, fraudulent access, and forging charges.

In this case, Hanshaw faces felony grand larceny and breaking and entering charges, each of which, under West Virginia law, can mean a maximum of ten years in prison.

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