Cardinals fans scammed by man who stole identity of former MLB pitcher, police say

MANCHESTER, Mo (KMOX) - Authorities are asking anyone who may have been scammed by a man pretending to be former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Omar Olivares to come forward because a man was arrested for stealing Olivares' identity and selling fake autographs to fans. 

The Manchester Police Department says a man was identifying himself to fans as the pitcher and was paid by some to sign baseballs and other memorabilia. Police say the man even tricked some victims into giving him money that was never paid back.

"The real Omar Olivares was contacted and made aware of this issue," Manchester Police say. "He retired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001 and still lives in Pennsylvania. He does not sell any sort of memorabilia in the St. Louis area."

Olivares played for the Cardinals from 1990-94 and spent a total of 12 years in Major League Baseball with eight different teams. 

OTD 1990– The St. Louis Cardinals acquire Omar Olivares from the San Diego Padres. Omar would wear uniform number 00 to represent his initials. #STLCards

— Augie Nash (@AugieNash) February 27, 2019

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