From the Enquirer:

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake was booked into the Hamilton County Justice Center today, accused of theft.

Leake was booked into the jail at 2:32 p.m. by Cincinnati police.

Leake, of Ludlow, was arrested after Macy’s department store loss prevention employees stopped the Reds pitcher today after they say he took $59.88 in property from the store.

Police said the incident was caught on security cameras at the Downtown Macy’s.

The theft is listed as a misdemeanor.

UPDATE: In the interest of fairness, I wanted to post this link.

A reliable source tells me that Leake did indeed pay for T-shirts some time prior to yesterday’s episode. And only in the process of clumsily trying to exchange them, did he run afoul of, if not the law, then certainly the dictates of common sense.

That Leake somehow thought that he could affect what is termed an “even exchange” without benefit of a store employee presiding over the transaction.

For his part, Leake has to produce a receipt or some other documentation of the original purchase. Macy’s, without compromising its policies, would have to review security video of the young man entering the premises, to determine if he was in possession of that merchandise.