Home rented by Tampa Bay Rays players burglarized
Authorities in southwest Florida are investigating a burglary at
a home being rented by Tampa Bay Rays players Evan Longoria, David
Price and Reid Brignac during spring training.
According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, the items
stolen Saturday were valued at nearly $56,000 and included jewelry,
cash, computer equipment and electronics.
An AK-47 rifle, which the sheriff’s office said was legal and
belonged to Longoria, was also taken from the home.
”It’s a personal item,” Longoria said Monday in Tampa, where
the Rays’ exhibition game against the New York Yankees was canceled
because of rain. ”Obviously they are going to say things that were
taken. I think everything within the house is personal, and we’ll
just leave it at that.”
Price was not with the team for the game. Brignac was not
available for comment.
The Sheriff’s Office said the players were away at a game
Saturday afternoon when someone entered the home through an
”It’s definitely something that obviously you never want to
happen to you or your friends,” Longoria said. ”It’s just twice
in the past month and a half for me that something’s been taken. I
think all of us just hope that justice is served … and I think
we’re all just happy that everybody’s safe and nobody was injured
and we have an opportunity to move forward.”
The All-Star third baseman recently had a car stolen in
Longoria said the burglary will not be a distraction for the
”This is hopefully just a one-day thing where we talk about
this and leave it behind us,” Longoria said. ”We didn’t lose
anything that’s going to prevent us from playing baseball. That’s
the focus. Hopefully we can find out who did this and move forward