Ex-lineman accused of swiping autographed baseballs

Updated: July 14, 2005, 8:14 PM ET
Associated Press

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- A former Kansas State offensive lineman was charged with stealing autographed baseballs bearing the signatures of such New York Yankees greats as Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio from coach Bill Snyder's home.

Chris Boggas, 23, was arrested Wednesday. He remained in jail Thursday, on $10,000 bond for a felony theft charge, and was scheduled to make his first court appearance Friday.

Riley County Police Lt. Tim Hegarty said the six baseballs stolen from Snyder's home were signed by Mantle, DiMaggio, Whitey Ford, Paul O'Neill, Phil Rizzuto and Yogi Berra.

Police officials were unsure of the value of the baseballs, which have not been recovered.

The baseballs were allegedly stolen early Wednesday morning from a party hosted by Snyder's daughter.

Snyder was out of town at the time, and sports information director Garry Bowman said the coach would have no comment because the investigation was ongoing.

Boggas played six games as a backup in 2002 and 2003. He quit the team before his senior season, when he was expected to start.

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