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Second man arrested in burglary of Tampa Bay Rays players' rental home

ST. PETERSBURG — Charlotte County sheriff's deputies arrested a second man in connection with the burglary of the spring training rental home of Rays players David Price, Evan Longoria and Reid Brignac, and released details about the incident.

Most attention-getting were claims, not all firsthand, by the two arrested men and a third suspect that among the items they took was a plastic container with marijuana in it. However, the Sheriff's Office said in a statement "no evidence has ever been found" and there was "no indication" the players "were aware of it."

In a follow-up e-mail, sheriff's spokesman Bob Carpenter said: "We have no evidence, they said it wasn't theirs, but they have had other house guests in the home."

Rays vice president Rick Vaughn said from New York on Thursday that the players would not comment on the claims.

Late Wednesday, sheriff's deputies arrested David Kimo Rufino, 19, of North Port and charged him with armed burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, grand theft and dealing in stolen property. Rufino is being held on a $35,000 bond. Another man, Steven Charles Vaughn, 22, was arrested on similar charges earlier Wednesday, and authorities are looking for the third suspect, Tavarious Smith, 15.

The players did not get back any of the approximate $60,000 worth of items, which included jewelry, electronics, cash and an AK-47 rifle legally registered to Longoria. According to the affidavit, the suspects said they kept some items and sold others.

According to the report, Price lost the most: several watches worth approximately $47,500, a laptop, an iPad and Xbox 360 gaming system and $800 cash.

The suspects said they were attracted to the house because there was a Bentley (belonging to Price) parked in front. The report said the players left a sliding glass door ajar so their dogs could get out during the day, and that an unlocked window was a source of entry.

Second man arrested in burglary of Tampa Bay Rays players' rental home 08/11/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 11, 2011 10:27pm]
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