Cincinnati Reds Pitcher Mike Leake Accused of Shoplifting

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All the money in the world can't buy brains.

A Cincinnati Reds pitcher earning $425,000 this year was arrested and charged with shoplifting.

Police say he was caught on camera at Macy's in Cincinnati yanking the security tags out of six American Rag T-shirts -- worth less than $60 combined -- and then leaving the store without paying.

And that sent Leake from the Big Leagues... to the Weird Crime Mug Shot Hall of Shame.

"On behalf of the Cincinnati Reds organization, at this time we are advised to not publicly address this matter because of the pending legal proceedings," the team said in a statement.

"However, we do not condone behavior of the type alleged, which is wholly inconsistent with the principles of this organization and our community and is detrimental to the positive direction we seek to follow. When the legal process has been completed, we will handle this matter internally."

Leake himself has said nothing, but issued a statement apologizing for "this distraction" and promising that his "story will be told" in the justice system.

Right now, however, he faces a maximum jail term of 180 days for misdemeanor theft charges.

Leake, the eighth pick in the 2009 draft, has two wins this year, but with an ERA of 5.40 he's hardly pitching like an All-Star.

If he does a little better, maybe he can move up to the Weird Crime Big Leagues and join celebrities like Nicolas Cage, Lindsay Lohan, Willie Nelson, Mel Gibson and more in the Weird Crime Mug Shot Hall of Shame: Celebrity Edition.

But for now, he's just riding the Weird Crime bench.

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