Joe Flannino, a long-time, high-profile Yankee Stadium security guard and former NYPD detective (44th precinct), has been fired by the team for allegedly stealing Yankees memorabilia. The 20 year NYPD veteran, according to a Daily News report, was caught stealing documents from the team archive room in the basement of Yankee Stadium. There are no reports as to which documents have been compromised or for how long this has been going on. There are also no known reports of what Flannino was planning to do with the stolen items. He told the Daily News: “There’s no reason to discuss anything . . . it was a termination, I’ll leave it at that”.
Flannino was entrusted with access to guard the most sacred Yankee relics and, clearly, he took advantage of his position. Yankee fans may even recognize him, or his extraordinary mustache, as he was the driver of the golf cart that traveled with Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford around Yankee Stadium on Old-Timer’s Day.
More details in this case are, obviously, yet to be uncovered.