Former star pitcher arrested in jewelry store robbery

One of the top relief pitchers in baseball history was released on $5,000 bail on Tuesday night after being arrested for a jewelry store robbery, the Associated Press reports.

Jeff Reardon walked into Hamilton Jewelers at the Gardens Mall on Monday and handed an employee a note saying he had a gun and the store was being robbed, Palm Beach Gardens police reportedly said. The 50-year-old pitcher fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police found him at a nearby restaurant, recovered the stolen money, and charged him with armed robbery, the AP reports.

Reardon, 50, who retired from baseball in 1994 and ranks sixth in career saves, apologized to officers and blamed his actions on medication he is taking for depression, according to police. His arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 27, the AP reports.

A police spokesman said Reardon didn’t have a gun and offered no resistance when he was handcuffed. Reardon, through the police spokesman, apologized to his fans and friends, the AP reports. Reardon was on medication for depression following the death of his 20-year-old son, due to a drug overdose.

Police said Reardon has been a long-time of Palm Beach Gardens resident and has never caused any trouble, the AP reports. Police also said Reardon was not having financial problems.

The four-time All-Star was 73-77 with 367 saves and a 3.16 ERA in 16 seasons with the New York Mets, Expos, Twins, Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, and New York Yankees.