Man breaks into Kenny Williams’ downtown home, defrosts lobster
BY MARK KONKOL Writer at Large November 22, 2011 9:49AM
Wayne L. Field III is charged with residential burglary after allegedly entering White Sox general manager Kenny Williams’ home and taking several articles of clothing, a set of keys and jewelry.
Updated: December 24, 2011 8:12AM
On Monday night, White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams returned home to his luxurious downtown Chicago townhouse to find the place a mess.
Williams quickly sent text messages to his children, asking if they had made a surprise visit. “No.” “No.” “No,” each of them replied.
Williams, who was with his father, took a closer look around and discovered:
Someone had been lying in his bed.
Someone had been drinking his beer and eating his pizza, too.
Someone had defrosted his lobster ... and the oven was still hot.
Williams called the cops.
As detectives prepared to dust for fingerprints they found a hospital ID bracelet with the name Wayne Field etched on it, authorities said.
As police continued their investigation, a man with unkempt, golden locks wearing a fur peeked through the townhouse window.
An officer asked his name.
“Wayne Field III,” the man said.
Police placed Field under arrest.
During the commotion, Williams realized that his 2005 World Series ring was missing. He ran downstairs to confront Field. Where’s my ring? Williams asked.
Field, a 51-year old homeless man, was wearing it. He was wearing Williams’ watch, pants, sweatshirt and fur, too. Field also had keys to Williams’ Cadillac and balcony, according to police reports.
Williams got the ring, watch, fur and keys back, but didn’t want the clothes, a source told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Williams called it “craziness.” He just wanted to get back to baseball business. “I have so many other things to do,” Williams said.
Field, who may have been camped out at Williams’ place for days while the GM was out of town, took up residence at Cook County Jail and appeared for a bond hearing on Tuesday.
Judge James Brown ordered Field, who most recently lived in the basement homeless shelter of an Uptown church, held on $100,000 bail on the residential burglary charge.
Field has a history of arrests including assault, indecent exposure and sexual abuse charges dating back to the 1980s, according to court records. He was recently released from jail after being convicted of misdemeanor battery on Nov. 8, assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said.
If Field is able to post bond he is prohibited from contacting Williams and going to Sox Park, where Williams returned to work Tuesday.
Once it was clear Williams wasn’t too shaken up, folks close to him started in with the ribbing.
“Frozen lobster, really?” a pal asked Williams, who owns the West Loop restaurant called Market — where you can get a saltwater poached Maine lobster on a toasted Parker House roll for $15.
After a good laugh, Williams clarified that he doesn’t eat frozen lobster — the alleged burglar was reheating leftovers.
Contributing: Rummana Hussain and Tina Sfondeles