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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.
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.
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.
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.