Cops: Los Angeles Dodgers Coach Burglarized by Ex-Employee

Hawthorne man is accused of stealing $25,000 from Garett Teel Sports

An ex-employee of a former Los Angeles Dodgers player was arrested Tuesday on charges related to the alleged theft of $25,000, according to township police.

Wyckoff Police had been conducting an investigation with the owner of Garett Teel Sports on Braen Avenue when they say they discovered that the ex-employee was responsible for the theft of money.

The former employee, Edward Sarro, had been entering the building when it was closed using a pass code for locked doors, according to police.

Wyckoff Patrolman William Plisich established surveillance of the building during overnight hours, and on Tuesday, Jan. 22, the second night of the surveillance, he observed the 25-year-old Hawthorne resident Sarro enter the building at 2:36 a.m., according to Wyckoff Police.

Sarro was arrested by Plisich and Sgt. Jack McEwan and charged with burglary and theft while leaving the building in possession of $370 in marked bills that had been left inside of the business office.

The owner's complaint alleges that Sarro committed multiple burglaries of the business over a period of approximately one year, and that approximately $25,000 was stolen, according to Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox.

Bail was set by Wyckoff Judge Russel B. Teschon at $25,000 and Sarro was released after posting 10 percent of the bail.

Garett Teel, a Los Angeles Dodgers coach, is a Ridgefield native with a storied New Jersey baseball career. 

Teel was "one of the most talented catchers to come out of North Jersey," according to a recent story on northjersey.com "He was The Record’s All-Decade catcher of the 1980s while at Ridgefield Park, and was a Division III All-American at William Paterson before being selected by the Dodgers in the 12th round of the 1989 amateur draft."

Teel lives in Upper Saddle River with his sons Kyle and Aidan, according to northjersey.com.

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Boyd A. Loving January 24, 2013 at 04:21 AM
Multiple burglaries committed over a one year period and the owner never changed the pass code for door entry? Am I missing something here?
jp1 January 24, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Also leaving money behind, maybe the owner is not too smart.
Lola January 24, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Rob me once shame on you, twice shame on me. Multiple times???? That is called, generosity or idiocy? Depends on your perspective.
John A. Unglert January 24, 2013 at 02:44 PM
I am wondering why, after the first robbery the WPD was not involved ? One must compliment Patrolman Plisich and Sgt. McEwan for thier work in solving this. I am sure that spending a couple nights out in this last days of weather was not a very easy task. It takes a lot of dedication to withstand that cold in order to catch some low life thief. Thus we should should thank them for the efforts and the effors of the entire WPD for working to keep Wyckoff a great place to live.
Joe videodummy January 24, 2013 at 04:58 PM
You catch the smartest mouse by baiting the trap but not setting it for awhile. Then one night you pull the spring back and BAM...no more mouse. Eddie is going to love making restitution over the next few years. Say "CHEESE" Eddie.
Pamela Kaydouh January 24, 2013 at 07:39 PM
So, with all the above comments, I guess that warrants permission to break in and burglarize whatever trusting sole you can. That's precisely what is wrong with our society. Blaming the victims.
qdogPa January 25, 2013 at 02:58 AM
After the second theft, why wouldn't Mr Teel at the very least install a video camera to document the thefts? I certainly hope we didn't have any officers doing covert work to catch the crook,talk about a waste of taxpayers dollars..


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