Nearly $100,000 in cash was taken in a weekend burglary at the Atlanta home of former NBA player Vince Carter, according to an incident report released Wednesday by Atlanta Police.
Two guns and more than $16,000 was recovered later outside the 10,000-square-foot (900-square meter) home in Atlanta’s affluent Buckhead neighbourhood. Carter told police the recovered money was a small portion of $100,000 in cash he kept in a bag in a closet, the report said.
According to the report, Carter’s wife, Sondi Carter, was in bed with her two sons when she heard loud noises around 11:50 p.m. Sunday. They hid in a closet and she called 911, then texted her neighbourhood patrol. A neighbourhood patrol officer, who was the first law enforcement to arrive, saw a man fleeing in a black SUV but was unable to catch him, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Neither Sondi Carter, nor her children, were hurt, but police said a front window on the main house had been smashed. Outside, officers found “a large amount of $100 bills spilled on the ground,” along with a gold Desert Eagle pistol and a black Glock 26 pistol with an extended magazine, the report said. The Desert Eagle belonged to Carter, but investigators believe the Glock was carried by the suspect, the incident report said.
While in the closet, Carter later told police, she could hear someone rummaging through different rooms upstairs. According to the report, multiple rooms were in disarray and a gate at the top of the stairs had been broken off its hinges.
Fulton County property records show the home, built in 2016, is owned by Vince Carter, who played 22 seasons in the NBA before retiring with the Hawks in 2020. Carter bought the home, which sits on nearly an acre and a half (.6 hectares) of land, for nearly $7 million in August 2020, property records show.
A real estate listing described the property as a “family compound” with “state of the art home security” that includes 16 closed-circuit security cameras. A fence also appears to encircle the home, including an electronic gate across the driveway.
Police have not publicly identified a suspect, but the incident report said a fingerprint from the suspect was collected from the scene.
Carter, who now works as an NBA analyst for ESPN, has not responded to requests for comment from the newspaper.