An already bad Monday for Paul George got even worse when he returned from Bankers Life Fieldhouse to find that more than $15,000 worth of shoes and jewelry — including a platinum-and-diamond NBA All-Star ring — had been burglarized from his Geist, Ind., home at some point during the Indiana Pacers' Game 5 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
Police were called to George's home on Diamond Pointe Drive just before midnight on a report of theft.
According to the police report, the theft happened between 7:15 and 11:45 p.m.
When George's parents, who also live at the home, returned to the house late Monday night, they noticed drawers and cabinets were open throughout the home. An alarm on the door of the wine room was also going off, police said.
Police said there are no signs of forced entry at the home. George's parents said they didn't lock the door when they left the home earlier in the evening, because they didn't have a key. The home's alarm system was also not set, police said.
When the Georges got home, a door in the rear of the house was open, along with a balcony door in the master bedroom.
While losing the higher-priced items — the ring from the 2014 NBA All-Star Game, which marked George's first appearance as a starter voted in by the fans, a pair of Air Jordan 4 Toros and a $700 Flux watch — likely hurts the most, this is the coldest element of the crime, to me: "A $20 bill was also taken from the home." Like, you're already hitting a man for tens of thousands of dollars in merchandise — you've got to snag Andrew Jackson, too? That's just plain mean.
One silver lining to this particular dark cloud: There's apparently surveillance footage of the time period in question, which investigators hope will lead to the apprehension of the burglars and the return of the merchandise.
George is just the most recent in a string of NBA players to have fallen prey to such an invasion of privacy and theft of property. Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh's home was burglarized in April 2013, with an estimated $340,000 worth of items stolen while he was celebrating his 29th birthday. Ten days later, Heat teammate Udonis Haslem's South Florida home was also burglarized.
Back in December, then-Heat guard Roger Mason Jr. and his family members were victims of an armed robbery at a Miami restaurant, with the thieves making off with his Rolex watch and his sister's purse; the items were later recovered by Miami police. And just last month, Los Angeles Lakers swingman Nick Young had more than $100,000 worth of belongings — including jewelry, clothes, luggage and shoes, most notably his beloved Nike Air Yeezys — while he was helping his team beat the Orlando Magic.
Despite 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and six steals from George, the Pacers fell 107-97 to the eighth-seeded Hawks on Monday, putting Frank Vogel's squad just one loss away from becoming the fourth No. 1 seed to lose a seven-game opening-round series. Game 5 will take place Thursday night in Atlanta.
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