Former NBA player Vince Carter's Atlanta home burglarized, nearly $100K stolen

Former NBA player Vince Carter’s Atlanta home burglarized, nearly $100K stolen

Armed robbers 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 children hid in a closet Sunday night as thieves smashed a first-floor 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 children when she heard loud noises coming from the front at 11:50 p.m., according to the report. She grabbed her children and the three of them hid together in her bedroom closet as they listened to the suspects run upstairs and rummage through the family’s belongings in various rooms.

The retired basketball star from Atlanta played 22 seasons with the NBA and now works as an analyst for ESPN.
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Sondi Carter said she called 911 from inside the closet and texted the neighborhood patrol.

An off-duty Atlanta police officer with the neighborhood patrol responded and chased a suspect dressed all in black and wearing a mask down the road until he got into a black SUV that sped away.

Police officers arrived at the home shortly after and found $16,100 in $100 bills spilled on the ground outside the locked home.

However, the recovered money was only a small part of $100,000 missing from a brown bag Vince Carter kept in the master bedroom closet, the former Hawks player who retired in 2020 told police.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 10: Vince Carter #15 of the Atlanta Hawks handles the ball in the first half against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center on February 10, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: You expressly acknowledge and agree that by downloading and/or using this photo, you agree to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Carter’s wife, Sondi Carter, hid her and their two children in a bedroom closet while armed robbers ransacked the family home.
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Police also found a gold Desert Eagle firearm still in its case, belonging to Vince Carter, and a black Glock 26 with an extended magazine outside the home, according to the report.

Police believe the thieves left the Glock behind.

Inside the home, officers found a completely shattered first-floor window, several rooms in disarray and a door at the top of the stairs broken, according to the report.

CLEVELAND, OHIO - FEBRUARY 12: Vince Carter #15 of the Atlanta Hawks watches from the bench during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on February 12, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Cavaliers defeated the Hawks 129-105.  NOTE TO USER: You expressly acknowledge and agree that by downloading and/or using this photo, you agree to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Police were only able to recover a small portion of the cash that was stolen from Carter’s home, but the investigation is still ongoing.
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Police officers photographed the scene and took a fingerprint from a side door that the suspects may have used to flee the home. They also collected surveillance video from cameras on the property.

Sondi Carter and her children were uninjured during the search.

According to property records, Vince Carter, who played 22 seasons in the NBA and now works as an NBA analyst for ESPN, bought the house and nearly an acre and a half of property it sits on for nearly $7 million in August 2020.

The investigation is ongoing.

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