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Burglar takes Kenny Williams’ Series ring, defrosts a lobster

David Brown
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In a story that sounds ripped from an old Dana Carvey or Jim Belushi movie, a man has been arrested for allegedly breaking into the house of Chicago White Sox GM Ken Williams and messing with his stuff. NBC Chicago is reporting that Wayne L. Field III of Chicago was charged with residential burglary, police say, for unlawfully entering Williams' home, putting on clothing and jewelry — including Williams' 2005 World Series ring — consuming pizza and beer from the fridge and defrosting a lobster.

Police found Field wearing Williams' clothes and the ring.

Yep, the events come right out of "Opportunity Knocks" or "Taking Care of Business" (both of which have baseball-related subplots).

This incident occurred between Nov. 18 and 21 while Williams was out of town, police said.

Williams confirmed the incident and said the man drank his beer, ate frozen pizza, surfed the internet and kicked his shoes off on the bed.

During the burglary, Field left behind a hospital bracelet with his name on it, police said. Field returned some time later and was seen peeking into the home.

They always return to the scene of the crime — also just like TV and the movies. But at this point in Williams' career, Sox fans might prefer if he were taken into custody and Field given the keys to the baseball team.

Here are Williams' most recent prominent moves: Jake Peavy, Alex Rios, Adam Dunn, Edwin Jackson, Mark Teahen, the impending loss of Mark Buehrle, the obnoxious Ozzie Guillen power struggle. Kenny's having a rough several years after bringing the White Sox a championship in 2005. Maybe the vagrant who made himself at home has something to offer in player personnel skills. Think about it, Jerry Reinsdorf, before anyone presses charges.

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