Armed burglars broke into the Atlanta home of retired NBA player Vince Carter while his wife and children were inside and stole nearly $100,000 in cash over the weekend, police said.
Carter’s wife, Sondi Carter, and the couple’s two sons hid in a closet Sunday night while burglars smashed in a first-story window and ransacked the 10,000-square-foot home in Atlanta’s affluent Buckhead neighborhood, according to an incident report released Wednesday by the Atlanta Police Department.
Sondi Carter told police she was in bed with her two sons when she heard loud noises from outside at around 11:50 p.m., according to the report. She grabbed her sons and together the three of them hid in their bedroom closet while they listened as the suspects ran upstairs and ransacked the family’s belongings in different rooms.
Sondi Carter said she called 911 from the closet and texted neighborhood patrol.
An off-duty Atlanta neighborhood patrol PD officer responded, chasing a suspect dressed in black and a mask down the street until he got into a black SUV, which sped away.
Police officers arrived at the home shortly after and found $16,100 in $100 bills spilled on the ground in front of the guarded home.
However, the money recovered was only a fraction of the $100,000 missing from a brown bag that Vince Carter kept in the master bedroom closet, the former Hawks player, who retired in 2020, told police.
According to the report, police also found a gold Desert Eagle firearm, still in her gun case, that belonged to Vince Carter, and a black Glock 26 with an extended magazine outside the house.
Police believe the Glock was left behind by the burglars.
Inside the home, officers found a first-floor window that was completely smashed, several rooms in disarray and a gate at the top of the stairs that had broken from its hinges, the report said.
Police officers photographed the scene and took a fingerprint from a side door, which the suspects may have used to escape the home. They also collected surveillance video from cameras on the property.
Sondi Carter and her sons were unharmed in the burglary.
According to property records, Vince Carter, who played 22 seasons for the NBA and now works as an NBA analyst for ESPN, purchased the home and the five-acre lot it sits on for nearly $7 million in August 2020.
The investigations are ongoing.
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