Stolen and Burned: Kansas Man Faces 19 Years for Jackie Robinson Statue Theft


**Justice Served: Kansas Man Receives Hefty Sentence for Stealing Jackie Robinson Statue**

Jackie Robinson statue

WICHITA, Kan. — Ricky Alderete, 45, of Kansas, has been sentenced to 19 years and one month in prison for his involvement in the theft and destruction of a statue honoring baseball legend Jackie Robinson. Alderete pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including aggravated burglary, criminal damage to property, and making a false writing.

**The Theft and Destruction of an Icon**

In January, the Jackie Robinson statue was stolen from McAdams Park in Wichita. Authorities believe Alderete’s motive was not hate-motivated but rather an attempt to sell the metal for scrap. The statue, valued at ,000, was later found dismantled and burned in a nearby trash can.

The destruction of the statue sent shockwaves through the community, as Jackie Robinson is widely celebrated for breaking baseball’s color barrier in 1947. His legacy has made him an icon of civil rights and equality.

**Justice Prevails**

Site of the Jackie Robinson statue

After a thorough investigation, Alderete was arrested in February in connection with an unrelated case. He later admitted his involvement in the statue theft.

Lieutenant Aaron Moses of the Wichita Police Department praised the community for their unwavering support in bringing Alderete to justice. “When you try to take something from this community, it won’t tolerate it,” he said.

**Community Rebuild**

In the wake of the incident, the community has rallied together to replace the stolen statue. With generous donations from Major League Baseball and its ballclubs, a new statue is expected to be installed in August.

The Jackie Robinson statue serves as a symbol of diversity and inclusion. Its destruction was a senseless act that sought to erase a legacy of progress. However, the community’s resilience and determination have ensured that Jackie Robinson’s spirit will continue to inspire future generations.

**Jackie Robinson’s Legacy**

Jackie Robinson pavilion

Jackie Robinson’s contributions to baseball and society extend far beyond his on-field accomplishments. His unwavering determination in the face of adversity paved the way for other African American players to join the major leagues.

Robinson’s legacy continues to inspire and remind us of the importance of fighting for what’s right. While his physical presence is gone, his spirit and his message of equality will live on.