Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco had $650,000 worth of jewelry stolen from his vehicle last month while he was rehabbing an injury, according to police and court records obtained by USA TODAY Sports.
According to the report, 24-year-old Kahlil Mathis broke into Franco’s Rolls-Royce Cullinan that was parked at a Jacksonville, Florida, DoubleTree hotel in the early morning of June 22.
A safe with several pieces of jewelry was inside the vehicle, according to an arrest report. Mathis then was arrested on July 4 after being identified by a thumbprint he gave at a pawn shop.
Among the items Mathis took from Franco’s vehicle was a $200,000 rose gold Cuban link chain with diamonds, a platinum Rolex worth $44,000, two championship rings worth $40,000, a $70,000 gold pendant with a medallion, a $5,000 Tom and Jerry necklace, and a gold, diamond-encrusted Cuban link chain and circle medallion with diamonds and a W in the center worth $300,000.
The safe was found in an apartment six miles from the hotel and the two championship rings were found it in.
Mathis is facing multiple felony charges including being a suspect in three other burglaries, resisting arrest, credit card fraud and evidence tampering. He is in custody on bonds totaling nearly $1 million and is due in court Aug. 1.
Franco, 21, who signed an 11-year, $182 million deal in November, has played in 58 games in 2022, batting .260 with five home runs and 23 RBIs.
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