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Charlotte Co. Sheriff: Break-in at players house came through unlocked window, totaled $56K, included Longoria's AK-47 rifle




UPDATE, 4:30; Rays Longoria said AK-47 stolen from spring house was a "personal item," declined to discuss further.

"It's a personal item," Longoria Monday afternoon, before the Rays game against the Yankees at Steinbrenner Field. "Obviously they're going to say things that are taken. I think everything within the house is personal and we'll just leave it at that."

Longoria, speaking for about two minutes in front of several TV and print reporters, said he wants to put the burglary behind him and move on.

"It's definitely something that obviously you never want to have happen to you or your friends," Longoria said. "It's twice in the past month and a month and a half for me that something has been taken. I think all of us  happened that justice is served for them and I think we're all just happy that everybody is safe and nobody is injured and we have an opportunity to move forward."

UPDATE, 2:54: Longoria's stolen weapon was an AK-47 rifle, and was "perfectly legal" according to the sheriff's office.

UPDATE, 12:20: The weapon belonged to Longoria, according to the sheriff's office, but "detectives at this time are not releasing the type of weapon.''

 DEVELOPING:  The Charlotte County Sheriff's office said today that the break-in and burglary at the Port Charlotte rental home of Rays players Evan Longoria, David Price and Reid Brignac came through an unlocked window.

  Also, that the items stolen were valued at nearly $56,000 and included jewelry, cash, computer equipment, electronics, and a weapon. The Sherriff's office did not say what the weapon was or which player it belonged to.

  The office also said the investigation was continuing. Here is the original Times story on the incident.

Here is the full release:

         Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives continue their investigation into the burglary of a Port Charlotte home rented by Tampa
Bay Rays baseball players near the stadium on Fernwood Street. A total of nearly $56,000 worth of items was stolen.
         CCSO received the call Saturday at 3:30 p.m. from Evan Longoria , 25, who said when he arrived back home he discovered numerous items missing. His roommates are Reid Brignac, 25, and 25 year old David Price. While the players were away at a game between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., someone entered through an unlocked window.
       Items stolen from the players were jewelry, cash, computer equipment, electronics, and a weapon. If anyone has information about this
case, please call the CCSO at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).


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