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Gazette Premium Content Man wearing CSU-Pueblo gear arrested after break in at college

By Jesse Byrnes, jesse.byrnes@gazette.com - Updated: February 24, 2014 at 5:30 am

The CSU-Pueblo baseball team got some good news when it returned home Sunday from Riverside, Calif., where it lost four games in a row to California Baptist University: Police had recovered gear stolen from the team's clubhouse earlier in the week.

More than $20,000 worth of coach, player and university property was discovered mising Tuesday, including several photos with autographs of famous baseball players, Pueblo police said.

On Friday, Police found Zachary Hoffman, 27, wearing CSU-Pueblo practice gear outside one of "various" sports and pawn shops where he allegedly attempted to pawn the stolen items, police said.

Police thought they saw more stolen property from the baseball clubhouse in his car, so they impounded it and confiscated the clothing Hoffman was wearing. Police got a search warrant Sunday morning for the vehicle.

Police recovered the signed photos along with duffle bags, a necklace and several pieces of clothing, including a jacket, CSU-Pueblo hoodies, sunglasses and batting gloves.

Hoffman was arrested on suspicion of felony burglary and theft and was being booked into Pueblo County jail Sunday night with bail set at $50,000.

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