At least no one took Tom Brady’s jersey after the Super Bowl this year.
This time, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was the postgame victim, returning home from Minneapolis to find that burglars had broken into his home and looted the place. Gronkowski summoned officers to his home, which is just a few miles from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, shortly after 6 p.m. Monday night. They stayed for around five hours.
“This isn’t an emergency . . . this is just, uh, Rob Gronkowski calling,” the tight end said in a 911 call to police (via TMZ). “And while I was gone, my whole house got robbed while on the Super Bowl trip and I just got back.”
Boston News 25 obtained police-scanner audio of the responding officer reporting on the break-in.
The homeowner “reports while he was on his trip his house was broken into,” the officer said in the audio. “Multiple safes . . . possible guns.”
The Patriots returned from the Super Bowl in Minneapolis on Monday evening around 5 p.m., the day after their loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. TMZ reported that Gronkowski shares the home with two roommates, and that the door to Gronkowski’s bedroom was locked, keeping the burglars outside.
“Out of respect for Mr. Gronkowski’s privacy and because this is an active and dynamic criminal investigation we’re not going to be releasing any information right now about what was stolen and whether any suspects exist,” Foxborough Police Chief William Baker said Tuesday morning, via the Associated Press.
A neighbor told the station that he had noticed something was off about the house on Sunday afternoon.
“We went past the house on Sunday, about 12:30, 1 p.m., and I happened to notice the gate was ajar, which is very unusual,” Tom Savino said. “You never see that gate ajar. So, as a joke, my son and I said, ‘Gee, maybe we should just call the police or something.’ Now I’m sort of sorry I didn’t.”
Gronkowski briefly appeared at the door of his house but did not comment to reporters.
Brady’s jersey was stolen from the Patriots’ locker room after their Super Bowl 51 victory in 2017 and recovered after a 19-year-old fan cracked the case, tracing it to a credentialed member of the media.
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