Cops arrest Wrigley trespassers

Updated: September 2, 2013, 12:48 PM ET
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Two men have been arrested for breaking into Wrigley Field and attempting to steal ivy from the historic ballpark, according to multiple media reports.

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Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesTwo men were arrested for trespassing at Wrigley Field and attempting to take pieces of the stadium's iconic ivy, which covers the outfield walls.

Kevin Burge and Steven Gudknecht, both 25, were charged with misdemeanor trespassing after being arrested at 3:45 a.m. CT at the stadium, police told the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune.

The men, who are both from Chalfont, Pa., entered the ballpark by squeezing through metal security bars but were spotted by security guards on closed-circuit surveillance cameras, according to the reports.

Cubs spokesman Julian Green confirmed that the men were attempting to steal pieces of the ivy from the outfield walls but said there was no property damage.

"When you have two individuals intent on committing foul play, they are going to find a way," Green said, according to the Tribune. "These were just some fans who probably wanted to take a piece of Wrigley Field back home."

Wrigley Field was built in 1914 and has been the home of the Chicago Cubs since 1916. The ballpark's iconic ivy were purchased and planted in 1937.

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