Burglars ransack Rod Strickland's home
BOWIE, Md. -- Thieves broke into former Minnesota Timberwolf Rod Strickland's suburban Washington, D.C., home and made off with a huge haul, including several of his basketball jerseys.
Authorities said the burglars stole Strickland's jerseys from the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers, Washington Wizards and his latest team, the Minnesota Timberwolves. Also taken was a retro Washington Bullets jersey. All were in glass frames, which had been smashed.
"These are the type of jerseys that would stand out as very unique. They have the number one on them. They have Mr. Strickland's name on them," said Cpl. Joe Merkel of the Prince George's County, Md., Police Department.
"We don't know if the suspect is trying to sell these items on the street, or maybe over eBay," Merkel said Tuesday.
Strickland's new SUV and numerous electronics items also were missing from the ransacked home. The break-in is believed to have happened between July 30 and Aug. 7.
"Someone returned home and discovered the home had been broken into," Merkel said. He did not know if it was Strickland who made the discovery at the house in a quiet suburb about 20 miles east of the nation's capital.
Investigators believe the crooks disabled the security system, broke a window and got into the house.
Strickland was disturbed by the burglary, his manager, Brenda Dews, said in a statement.
"He feels violated. He is concerned for the safety of his family. The jerseys have sentimental value to Rod. He would like everything back," she said.
A 15-year NBA veteran, Strickland played with the Washington Wizards from 1996 to 2001. He played last year for the Timberwolves, but is now a free agent.
Strickland offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, but police said they had no leads.
This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index
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