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LA Dodgers Security Guards Charged With Stealing From Team

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Dodger Stadium on a sunny day in Los Angeles before a Dodgers baseball game on June 30th, 2012. (Ffooter/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Friday, 20 Jan 2017 12:31 PM

Two former Los Angeles Dodgers security guards have been charged with stealing merchandise from the team and reselling it with the help of a third party.

Juan DeDios Prada, 58, of Palmdale, Fernando Sierra, 62, of Lancaster, and Jesse Luis Dagnesses, of Huntington Park, 51, entered not guilty pleas in connection with the case Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, according to KCBS-TV.

Deputy district attorney Daniel Merrick said Prada and Sierra were ordered to stand trial for a felony count of conspiracy to commit burglary and one felony count of second-degree commercial burglary.

Dagnesses faced one felony count of conspiracy to commit burglary and one felony count of receiving stolen property exceeding $950 in value, including baseballs and baseball jerseys, KCBS-TV noted.

"According to the criminal complaint, Prada and Sierra both worked as security guards at Dodger Stadium when they allegedly conspired with Dagnesses to steal baseball equipment, uniforms, and merchandise and sell them online," said a statement from the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

"Case BA444400 alleges Prada and Sierra used masks, gloves and headlamps to enter a locked equipment room and steal more than $3,400 worth of equipment between January 2013 to February 2016," the statement continued.

According to court records, a lawyer for the Dodgers discovered on eBay memorabilia for sale that was described as a game-issued bat of centerfielder Joc Pederson and a 2011 game jersey of former manager Don Mattingly, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"My contact works at the stadium," the seller said on eBay, according to the affidavit, noted the Times.

The eBay entries, which were allegedly tied to Dagnesses, sparked an internal investigation, which then was joined by the Los Angeles Police Department, the Times reported. The continued investigation led the to the homes of Prada and Sierra, longtime Dodgers Stadium security guards, being raided along with that of Dagnesses, the newspaper noted.

Dagnesses's attorney Jacob Glucksman told the Times that his client "strongly denies any criminal involvement" in the case.

"Any evidence that he knew or did any act in furtherance of this conspiracy is extremely weak and based on inferences made by investigators," Glucksman told the newspaper.

The district attorney's office said that all three are expected to appear for a pretrial hearing on Feb. 16.

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