CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- Sheriff's deputies in Charlotte County are investigating a burglary at a home that was rented by three Tampa Rays players.
The call came in at about 3 p.m. on Sunday when Tampa Rays pitcher David Price returned to a rental home that he had been sharing with Evan Longoria and Reid Brignac.
The home had been ransacked and the thieves took about $56,000 worth of cash, jewelry and electronics. An A.K. 47 assault rifle was also listed as stolen, but the report was not specific about who owned the gun.
The Sheriff's Office says that the gun was perfectly legal for the players to have in the County.
Detectives say that the thieves most likely gained entrance to the home because because the players forgot to lock up.
"They did accidentally leave a window open in the house which is the way the burglars got in," said Sheriff's Office spokesman Bob Carpenter.
The home did not have an alarm system that may have prevented such a theft. The Sheriff's Office says that the thieves most likely knew who their victims were and carefully planed the heist.
"We feel somebody really knew their schedule, when they would be out of there" Carpenter said.
The Sheriff's Office says that this kind of crime should serve as a warning to other players who come to town for spring training that they need to be careful about locking up their stuff.
Detectives are investigating the crime and tell WINK News that they already have several leads.