Tennessee Man Arrested For Stealing Over $20,000 Worth Of Autographed Jerseys, Police Say

A Tennessee man was arrested for allegedly stealing over $20,000 worth of autographed jerseys from a Knoxville hobby shop. Police say 32-year-old Cody Denning stole 17 jerseys from Underdog Collectibles on May 18.

Cody Denning mugshot
Cody Denning mugshot. (credit: Knox County Sheriff’s Office)

WBIR-TV reports Denning broke with shop’s front window with a rock and surveillance cameras caught him stealing the autographed jerseys.

Police tell WBIR that Denning entered the store twice — once at 2:15 a.m. and then again after 3 a.m.

The night before, Denning was seen with a woman inside Underdog Collectibles for about ten minutes looking at the jerseys. WVLT-TV reports Denning told the woman “he was coming back for them.”

Police say Denning tried to sell a couple of the stolen jerseys to another collectibles shop.

Underdog Collectibles said in a Facebook post that there wasn’t much damage to the store, but that the jerseys remain missing. Some of the autographed jerseys include:

  • Michael Jordan
  • Luka Doncic
  • Ja Morant
  • Shaquille O’Neal

“Luckily, no one was here so no one was hurt in the process but this is incredibly unfortunate, especially since we’re just a small business,” the store says in the social media post.

Denning was arrested June 1 and charged with theft of property and burglary, along with DUI. He has a scheduled court date for June 17.

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