Armed robbers broke into the home of former NBA player Vince Carter in Atlanta 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 thieves smashed a first-floor window and ransacked a 10,000-square-foot home in Atlanta’s affluent Buckhead neighborhood, according to an incident report released Wednesday by the Department. Atlanta police.
Sondi Carter told police she was in bed with her two sons when she heard loud noises outside at 11:50 p.m., according to the report. She grabbed her sons and the three hid in their bedroom closet, listening to the suspects running upstairs and rummaging through the family’s belongings in different rooms.
Sondi Carter said she called 911 from the restroom and wrote a message to the local patrol.
An Atlanta police officer on duty with a local patrol responded and chased the black-clad and masked suspect down the road until he jumped into a black SUV, which sped away.
Police officers arrived at the house shortly after and found $16,100 worth of $100 bills scattered on the ground outside the house’s gate.
However, the money returned was only a fraction of $100,000 that went missing from a brown bag Vince Carter kept in the master bedroom closet, a former Hawks player who retired in 2020 told police.
According to the report, police also found a gold Desert Eagle firearm belonging to Vince Carter and a black Glock 26 with an enlarged magazine outside the home in the case.
The police believe that the Glock was left by the robbers.
The report says that inside the house, officers found a completely broken window on the first floor, several rooms in disarray, and a gate at the top of the stairs torn off its hinges.
The police photographed the scene and took fingerprints from the side door through which the suspects could have escaped from the house. They also collected video from surveillance cameras in the area.
Sondi Carter and her sons were not harmed during the break-in.
Vince Carter, who played 22 seasons in the NBA and is now an NBA analyst for ESPN, bought the house and the nearly one and a half acres of land it sits on for nearly $7 million in August 2020, according to property records.
The investigation is ongoing.
With mail wires