Rays stars victims of burglary

Updated: March 28, 2011, 6:16 PM ET
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Tampa Bay Rays starters Evan Longoria, David Price and Reid Brignac were victims of a burglary of their shared house in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Among the items stolen were an AK-47 rifle, a 60-inch flat-screen TV, three iPads and two Xbox video game systems, the St. Petersburg Times reported.

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The sheriff's office said the AK-47 belonged to Longoria and was "perfectly legal," the Times reported on Monday.

"It's a personal item," Longoria said of the gun 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."

"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 from there."

Price, who was the first to discover the break-in, said he lost around $50,000 worth of items including several high-priced watches.

None of the players was in the house at the time, a stroke of luck the players were happy to address.

"That was one of the biggest things," Longoria said Sunday, "that everybody was OK and safe, and nobody had to fight their way out of a home-invasion robbery. ... A multitude of different things could have happened, and there could have been people injured."

This is the second time Longoria has lost something to a burglary this spring -- a 1967 Camaro he owns was stolen from a lot in Arizona.

"It's unfortunate," Longoria said Sunday. "You just hope that karma catches up with whoever did it."

The players said they were told the police have several good leads.

"They promised us they'll do their best to find whoever did it," Longoria said. "Hopefully, they can do some good police work and figure it out and try to recover some of the stuff."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.