The Atlanta home of former NBA player Vince Carter was broken into, and nearly $100,000 was stolen

Police say that over the weekend, armed thieves broke into the Atlanta home of retired NBA player Vince Carter while his wife and children were there and stole nearly $100,000 in cash.

According to a report released by the Atlanta Police Department on Wednesday, Carter's wife, Sondi Carter, and the couple's two sons hid in a closet while burglars broke in through a first-floor window and searched the 10,000-square-foot home in Atlanta's wealthy Buckhead neighborhood on Sunday night.

The report says that Sondi Carter told police that she was in bed with her two sons at 11:50 p.m. when she heard loud noises coming from the front of the house. She grabbed her sons and hid with them in their bedroom closet while listening to the suspects run upstairs and look through the family's things in different rooms.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 06: Vince Carter #15 of the Atlanta Hawks looks on against the Washington Wizards during the second half at Capital One Arena on March 06, 2020 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
The retired Atlanta basketball star played 22 seasons with the NBA and now works as an analyst for ESPN.
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Sondi Carter said that she texted the neighborhood patrol and called 911 from inside the closet.

A neighborhood patrol officer from the Atlanta Police Department who was off-duty came to the scene and chased a suspect in all black clothes and a mask down the road until he got into a black SUV and drove away.

Shortly after, police officers went to the house and found $16,100 in $100 bills on the ground outside the gated home.

Vince Carter, a former Hawks player who retired in 2020, told police that $100,000 was stolen from a brown bag he kept in the closet of his master bedroom. The money that was found was only a small part of what was stolen.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 10: Vince Carter #15 of the Atlanta Hawks handles the ball in the first half against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center on February 10, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Carter’s wife, Sondi Carter, hid herself and their two sons in a bedroom closet as the armed thieves ransacked the family’s home.
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The report says that police also found Vince Carter's gold Desert Eagle gun still in its case and a black Glock 26 with an extended magazine outside the home.

Police think that the thieves left the Glock behind.

The report says that when police went inside the house, they found a first-floor window completely smashed in, several rooms in disarray, and a broken gate at the top of the stairs.

CLEVELAND, OHIO - FEBRUARY 12: Vince Carter #15 of the Atlanta Hawks watches from the bench during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on February 12, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Hawks 129-105. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Police were only able to recover a sliver of the cash that was stolen from Carter’s home, but the investigation is still ongoing.
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Officers took pictures of the scene and took a fingerprint from a side door that the suspects might have used to get out of the house. They also got footage from cameras on the property that were set up for surveillance.

During the break-in, Sondi Carter and her sons were not hurt.

Property records show that Vince Carter, who played in the NBA for 22 years and now works as an NBA analyst for ESPN, bought the house and the almost 1.5 acres of land it sits on in August 2020 for almost $7 million.

Investigations are still going on.

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