Atlanta police are trying to find the people who they say broke into an NFL player’s SUV and stole his passport and team-issued tablet.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Petyon Barber’s SUV was broken into about 5 a.m. Saturday, Atlanta police spokesman Jarius Daugherty said.
The incident happened outside of the Post Alexander high-rise in Buckhead near Phipps Plaza. A group of men stole Barber’s designer sunglasses and clothes, Daugherty said. Authorities said they also took off with Barber’s tablet.
Once Bucs officials became aware of the situation, they were able to remotely disable the tablet, a spokesperson told Channel 2 Action News. Police said the tablet contained playbook information, but the Buccaneers said in a statement only videos were on the device.
Barber is an Alpharetta native who played football at Milton High School and Auburn University. He told police he parked his SUV at the Buckhead high-rise at about 10:30 p.m. Friday while he was visiting a friend. When Barber got back to his Jeep Wrangler on Saturday, he noticed someone had opened one of his doors and gone through a backpack that contained his tablet and personal items, Daugherty said.
Barber's was one of several vehicles burglarized early Saturday morning. Police said a bag containing a laptop was stolen from a car at the same location.
Surveillance cameras outside recorded five men getting out of a car and breaking into multiple cars, authorities said.
The investigation is ongoing.
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