SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - A homeless man in the Slidell area was arrested after allegedly stealing a 1956 World Series ticket from pitcher Don Larsen's perfect game.
The ticket, which is a collector's item, is a family heirloom that had been passed down to a Slidell man by a family member, police said.
Pitcher Don Larsen made baseball history in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series when he threw a perfect game for the New York Yankees, giving them a win over the Brooklyn Dodgers. This was the first and only perfect game thrown during World Series play.
The owner of the baseball card called the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office shortly after 6 a.m. Monday morning to report that an acquaintance had stolen the ticket earlier that morning.
Jeffery Garmon, 20, of Florida, and his brother were staying at a Good Samaritan's home. He told police he showed the two men his prized World Series ticket that evening before turning in for bed.
Early Monday morning, he awoke to the sound of Garmon and his brother leaving the residence. It is at that time that he noticed the folder where he kept the game ticket lying open on his kitchen counter with the ticket missing, deputies said.
Investigators found Garmon and his brother less than one hour later at one of their usual hangouts near Gause Boulevard and I-10.
A consensual search of Garmon's backpack, revealed the stolen ticket, and Garmon was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on a felony theft charge.
The ticket was returned to its owner.