During the Indiana Pacers’ 107-97 loss Monday night to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 5 of the NBA Playoffs, the home of team member Paul George was being burglarized – adding insult to embarrassing injury.
George returned from Bankers Life Fieldhouse to find that more than $15,000 worth of shoes and jewelry — including a platinum-and-diamond NBA All-Star ring — had been stolen from his Geist, Ind., home at some point during the game.
Police were called to George’s home on Diamond Pointe Drive just before midnight on a report of theft, which took place between 7:15 and 11:45 p.m., according to the police report.
When George’s parents, who also live at the home, returned to the house late Monday night, they noticed drawers and cabinets were open throughout the home. An alarm on the door of the wine room was also going off, police said.
Police said there are no signs of forced entry at the home. George’s parents said they didn’t lock the door when they left the home earlier in the evening, because they didn’t have a key. The home’s alarm system was also not set, police said.
When the Georges got home, a door in the rear of the house was open, along with a balcony door in the master bedroom.
The ring taken was from the 2014 NBA All-Star Game, which marked George’s first appearance as a starter voted in by the fans. Also, a pair of Air Jordan 4 Toros and a $700 Flux watch was swiped.
However, there is reportedly surveillance footage of the time period in question, which investigators hope will lead to the apprehension of the burglars and the return of the merchandise.
Despite 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and six steals from George, the Pacers fell 107-97 to the eighth-seeded Hawks on Monday, putting Frank Vogel’s squad just one loss away from becoming the fourth No. 1 seed to lose a seven-game opening-round series. Game 5 will take place Thursday night in Atlanta.
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