CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams is lucky to still have his 2005 World Series ring after a man was charged with burglarizing his home, according to the Chicago Police Department.
Williams returned from a trip, which included GM and owners meetings in Milwaukee, on Monday. He called police that day to report his home was broken into, and a hospital bracelet with a name on it was found.
While police were about to conduct a fingerprint search, they noticed someone peeking into Williams' residence and approached the subject, who identified himself as Wayne L. Field. It matched the name on the bracelet, according to CPD spokesperson officer John Mirabelli. Field was arrested just before 7 p.m. on Monday.
Williams politely declined to discuss the subject Tuesday. He entered his home on Monday and noticed that while it had not been ransacked it did appear to have been occupied while he had been away.
Among the signs that somebody had been in the residence were empty beer bottles, a rumpled bed covering, a warm oven that had just been used to cook frozen pizza and a leftover lobster dinner that had been left out to thaw.
Williams called all of his kids to see if they were in town, and when they said they were not he called police.
Williams hadn't even thought about his World Series ring until Field was being taken into custody. Unable to find it, Williams approached Field after he had been put into handcuffs and asked for his ring. Field was wearing it along with one of Williams' wristwatches.
Among items confirmed by police to have been taken by the 51-year-old male suspect from Chicago were several articles of clothing, a set of keys and jewelry. The keys were to Williams' residence as well as spare keys to his car. All valuables in Williams' home appear to be accounted for.
According to police, Field was convicted in September for misdemeanor assault.
Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.