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, a announced the police.
Carter’s wife, Sondi Carter, and the couple’s two sons hid in a closet on Sunday night as burglars smashed a first-floor window and ransacked the 10,000-square-foot home in the affluent neighborhood of Buckhead in Atlanta, 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 coming from the front at 11:50 p.m., according to the report. She grabbed her sons and together the three hid in their bedroom closet while listening to the suspects run upstairs and rummage through the family’s belongings in different rooms.
Sondi Carter said she called 911 from inside the closet and texted Neighborhood Patrol.
An off-duty Atlanta PD officer with Neighborhood Patrol responded and chased a suspect wearing black clothing and a mask down the road until he jumped into a black SUV which drove off.
Officers arrived at the home shortly after and found $16,100 worth of $100 bills knocked over on the ground outside the locked house.
The money recovered, however, was just a fraction of the $100,000 that was missing from a brown bag Vince Carter kept in the master bedroom closet, the former Hawks player who took his retirement in 2020.
Police also found a gold Desert Eagle firearm still in its holster, belonging to Vince Carter, and a black Glock 26 with an extended magazine outside the home, according to the report.
Police believe the Glock was abandoned by the burglars.
Inside the home, officers found a completely shattered first-floor window, several messy rooms and a door at the top of the stairs that had its hinges broken, the report said.
Officers photographed the scene and took a fingerprint from a side door the suspects may have used to flee the house. They also collected surveillance footage from cameras on the property.
Sondi Carter and her sons emerged unscathed from the burglary.
According to property records, Vince Carter, who played 22 seasons with the NBA and now works as an NBA analyst for ESPN, purchased the home and nearly an acre-and-a-half-acre property it sits on for nearly of $7 million in August 2020.
The investigation is ongoing.
With post wires