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On Monday evening, the Chronicle reported an individual broke into MLB superstar Alex Rodriguez’s rental car near Oracle Park Sunday night and stole a number of valuable items. Chronicle sources “familiar with the investigation” estimated the value of the jewelry and electronics totaled “roughly $500,000.”
It appears that figure may be in dispute. A representative for Rodriguez spoke to TMZ on Tuesday, telling the site the reported total was “grossly exaggerated.” TMZ also cites another source with “direct knowledge of the case” who tells them the items were worth “nowhere near $500k.”
“I am saddened that several items that were of a personal nature and irreplaceable with sentimental value were taken,” Rodriguez told TMZ in a statement. “I am encouraged that local law enforcement has security footage of the crime and are doing all they can to get the items back.”
Rodriguez, an analyst on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, was dining at Marlowe with a crew after their broadcast of the Giants-Phillies game in San Francisco, according to ABC7. After the break-in, Rodriguez and the crew reportedly waited at the restaurant until 1:45 A.M. with the staff of Marlowe.
Car break-ins, of course, are an issue in San Francisco. Though aggressive policing measures have helped to quell the total number of auto burglaries, an average of 62 cars per day still face break-ins, according to the Chronicle.
SFPD has made the case a “high priority,” the Chronicle reports.
Michael Rosen is an SFGATE digital editor. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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