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Chicago-area police looking for link in robberies of two NBA players

Chicago-area police looking for link in robberies of two NBA players

Two hulking National Basketball Association players were bound with duct tape and robbed of cash and jewelry by masked gunmen in separate holdups that have Chicago-area detectives wondering whether someone is targeting professional athletes.
New York Knicks forward Eddy Curry _ 2.11 meters, 129 kilos (6-foot-11, 285 pounds) _ was tied up along with his wife and an employee at his mansion in suburban Burr Ridge on Saturday.
Miami Heat forward Antoine Walker, who is 2.06 meters, 111 kilos (6-foot-9, 245 pounds), was similarly robbed along with a relative at his $4 million (euro2.93 million) townhouse in Chicago's exclusive River North section on July 10.
No one was injured in either case.
"Our guys are talking to Chicago to determine if it's just a copycat or a coincidence or if there is a relationship there," Burr Ridge police Cpl. Tim Vaclav said.
Police said the gunmen _ three in the Curry holdup, two in Walker's case _ probably knew exactly who their victims were. Curry used to play for the Chicago Bulls. Walker was born in Chicago and starred at Mount Carmel High School on the city's South side.
No details on what was taken from Curry were released. In the robbery at Walker's home, the gunmen took his Mercedes-Benz sports car, which was later recovered, and other items, including a $55,000 (euro40,270) wristwatch.
A few days later, police recovered some of Walker's jewelry during a traffic stop on the city's South Side. A woman was arrested, but police said they do not believe she in the house when Walker was robbed, and they would not give any further information.
Chicago police spokeswoman Monique Bond said detectives from Chicago and Burr Ridge are comparing notes but have found no connection between the robberies so far.
NBA spokesman Tim Frank said the league's security department has contacted authorities in Chicago about the two robberies. He added: "When something like this happens, I'm sure our security department tries to get the most up-to-date information to teams so they can tell players and staff, properly educate them."


Updated : 2021-10-21 05:47 GMT+08:00