BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police department has completed its investigation into the theft of documents related to baseball's probe into whether Alex Rodriguez used performance enhancing drugs.
The investigation ended April 11 with charges filed against only a tanning salon employee, who was arrested after police said his DNA was found on a car the documents were stolen out of.
However, the police report said Major League Baseball was given repeated warnings that the records they sought had been stolen and that they were not to purchase them. Still, they did so anyway, the report said. Baseball officials have denied knowingly buying stolen records.
Newsday first reported the results of the probe (http://nwsdy.li/1mO17MU).
The documents were stolen from Porter Fischer's car. He took them from Biogenesis, the Miami clinic where he worked. The clinic and its owner, Tony Bosch, reportedly provided drugs to Rodriguez and other major league players.
The Biogenesis scandal led to 14 suspensions last summer. Rodriguez, a three-time MVP, was suspended for the entire 2014 season. He filed two lawsuits against MLB over its investigation but later withdrew them. He has denied using performance-enhancing drugs.
Fischer told a Boca Raton police detective that MLB investigators aggressively pursued him for Biogenesis evidence. An MLB attorney offered him $125,000 for the records, according to the police report. Fischer declined, saying "it was not enough to start a new life."
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