Thief posed as Chicago Cub, charges say

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A Nevada man is accused of posing as a Major League Baseball player to steal a car.

Matthew T. Van Meter, 24, is charged in Utah state court with felony counts of theft and forgery. Charging papers accuse Van Meter, of Elko., Nev., of using the name and documents identifying him as Chicago Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin.

Van Meter, the charges say, on Tuesday signed documents with a Ken Garff auto dealership in West Valley City to buy a 2010 Dodge pickup worth $50,000. Van Meter promised to pay for the truck the next day and drove away in it.

The court documents say Van Meter also has an outstanding theft warrant in Tacoma, Wash. On Thursday night, he was being held in the Salt Lake County jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Colvin is a 24-year-old Georgia native who appeared in just six games with the Cubs last season but is regarded as one of the team's top prospects. It was not clear Thursday night whether Van Meter had any legitimate connection to Colvin.