Nearly $100,000 in cash was stolen from former NBA player Vince Carter’s home in Atlanta over the weekend, according to a criminal complaint released Wednesday by local police.
Two guns and more than $16,000 were later recovered outside the 1,000-square-foot home in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. Carter told police that the recovered money was only a small portion of the $100,000 he had in a bag in a closet, the report revealed.
According to the complaint, Carter’s wife, Sondi, was in bed around 11:50 pm Sunday with their two children when she heard a loud noise. The three hid in the closet and called 911.
They later wrote to a neighborhood patrol. An officer, who was the first to arrive at the scene, saw the man who fled in a pickup truck, but did not catch up with him, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Neither Sondi Carter nor her children were injured, but police said a front window of the house had been smashed. Outside, officers found “a large number of $100 bills scattered on the ground” along with a Desert Eagle pistol and a black Glock 26 with an expandable cartridge, the report said. The Desert Eagle pistol belongs to Carter, but investigators believe the suspect was carrying the Glock, the report added.
The woman later told police that while they were in the closet she heard someone walking through the different rooms upstairs. According to the report, several rooms were in disarray and the gate above had been forced open.
Fulton County property records show the house, built in 2016, belongs to Vince Carter, who played 22 seasons in the NBA before retiring in 2020 with the Hawks. Carter purchased the house, which sits on a 1.5-acre lot, for about $7 million in August 2020, according to filings.
The property listing describes the house as a “family compound” with “a high-tech security system” that includes a 16-camera closed circuit. The fence appears to surround the property, including an electric gate to access the garage.
Police did not publicly identify the suspect, but the incident report says the suspect’s fingerprint was recovered at the scene.
Carter, who is an NBA analyst for ESPN, has not spoken about the case.