Ex-Mets OF Lenny Dykstra Not Charged In Stolen Car Case… For Now

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Prosecutors have declined to file charges against former Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra after he was arrested on suspicion of trying to buy a stolen car, authorities said Tuesday.

Prosecutors are asking Los Angeles police for more information in regards to the investigation, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. It’s unknown whether charges could be filed against Dykstra at a later date.

Dykstra, 48, has been in jail since last week awaiting word on whether prosecutors would file charges against him. Federal authorities have taken him into custody on a separate bankruptcy charge.

Dykstra was recently charged with embezzling money from a bankruptcy estate. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison. He could be in court as early as Wednesday.

Lenny’s brother, Brian Dykstra, told the New York Daily News on Monday that the ex-Mets outfielder has “got to pay for what he did.”

“We feel sorry for him, but he’s pretty much on his own right now,” he said. “We’re praying for him.”

It wasn’t immediately known whether Dykstra had retained an attorney.

Dykstra, who bought a mansion once owned by hockey star Wayne Gretzky, filed for bankruptcy two years ago, claiming he owed more than $31 million and had only $50,000 in assets.

Federal prosecutors said that after filing, Dykstra hid, sold or destroyed more than $400,000 worth of items from the $18.5 million mansion without permission of a bankruptcy trustee.

Dykstra spent 12 years in the big leagues and helped the Mets to the World Series championship in 1986. He was a three-time All-Star in the 1990s while with the Phillies.

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  • Joseph Pearl

    As a Mets fan and a Bankruptcy Lawyer, Thanks for the article. Very beneficial to my practice.

    Joseph Pearl
    Bakersfield Bankruptcy Attorney

  • dabooch

    Who could forget when Lenny was on top of the world when he was on the Mike Francesa show? Lenny the investor was boosting how he took property off a widow for a million and flipped it to a developer for ten, if I can remember correctly. If nothing else, the man seemed to have bigger balls then the small ones he use to stroke.

  • SoberingTruth

    Sad story because he was such a great ball player. The drugs, steroids and alcohol just took their toll on him, ya think?

  • Brian Ford

    Lives and family he destroyed? He hid assets from the Federal government for HIMSELF so when the bankruptcy filing is over he has some money. On a much smaller scale – I’m sure you’ve taken cash for something that you didn’t declare to the IRS. What did he take from you or anyone else for that matter? I agree with Pete, best wishes Lenny. I hope you get your head right.

  • Pete Spaz

    Leave The Dude the fook alone! Nails we love ya… we don’t have a player close to your ability or winning drive today on the Mets.. our team sucks now… Best wishes Lenny.

    • Gary

      Yeah Pete Spaz…we should all leave him alone because he bilked real human beings out of millions. This dirtbag should go to the heaviest triple max there is and ponder the lives and families he destroyed. 1986 was a long time ago so if you are not capable of thinking in the present at least start living in the present! Great represenation of New Yorkers that make their sports heroes out to be gods. Pete Spaz there should be a law about people like you procreating!

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