While baseball legend Hank Aaron and his wife were away, burglars forced their way into the couple’s southwest Atlanta home, stealing jewelry and two BMWs, police said Friday.
Aaron, 79, missed a call from his alarm company Sunday night and asked a neighbor to check his house Monday morning, according to an Atlanta police report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The neighbor saw a broken window at Aaron’s house and called police.
Responding officers arrived to find parts of the house ransacked and two BMWs missing from the garage, the police report states.
“On the side of the residence, the electrical panels were on the ground and the wires were cut inside the box,” the report states. “The generator was on due to the electrical wires being cut. The wires were cut from a panel located in the rear of the residence as well.”
An alarm panel near the home’s garage had been pulled from the wall and its wires were cut, according to police. The alarm panel in the master bedroom was damaged, and three closets had been ransacked. Investigators believe assorted jewelry, the cars and their keys were the only items taken.
Shortly before 11 a.m. Monday, officers found a silver BMW belonging to Aaron a short distance away on Landrum Drive, the report states. Investigators were able to lift fingerprints from the car.
Police said Friday that the second car has also been located, but no arrests have been made.
“We are following significant leads and anticipate an arrest,” Sgt. Greg Lyon said.
As an Atlanta Brave, Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s record of 714 career home runs on April 8, 1974. He hit his 755th and final home run on July 20, 1976, a home run record that stood for almost three decades.