Man denies stealing home run ball at Giants game

Man denies stealing home run ball at Giants game
August 30, 2013, 3:45 pm
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San Francisco police are still treating the episode as a crime. (AP)

NBCBayArea.com

The man who San Francisco police say "stole" a ball from a teenager at a San Francisco Giants game on Aug. 21 is a family man and military officer.

And he's no thief at all, he told the San Francisco Examiner.

Cletis B. Smith is a 51-year-old Army major and father from Alabama, according to the newspaper. And while San Francisco police say he's the man who injured a 16-year-old Canadian boy -- whose father told police that a pair of men had assaulted him in order to snatch away a home-run ball -- he says he's "dumbfounded and angry" to hear the allegations.

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