Dominican baseball player Wander Franco got rob $650,000 worth of jewelry from his SUV, according to a report by ESPN, which obtained the police report. The theft would have been committed by a person in June when the Tampa Bay Rays shortstop was in rehabilitation from an injury.
According to an arrest report, 24-year-old Kahlil Eugene Mathis used a wrench to break into Franco’s Rolls-Royce Cullinan in a Jacksonville, Florida, hotel parking lot at 3 a.m. on June 22nd and seized a safe containing seven pieces of jewelry.
Mathis sold some of the jewelry and police identified him through an Arizona driver’s license and fingerprint he gave at a pawn shop before arresting him on July 4, according to the report.
As part of his recovery from a right quadriceps strain, Franco had been playing with the Triple-A Durham Bulls and was in Jacksonville when Mathis, who was wanted for three other carjackings, allegedly broke into Franco’s car in the parking lot. of a DoubleTree Hotel. According to the arrest report, Mathis took a $60 safe from the back of the vehicle that contained:
• A gold diamond-encrusted Cuban-style link chain with a $300,000 circular gold medallion set with diamonds and a W in the center
• A rose gold diamond Cuban link chain valued at $200,000
• A US$70,000 gold pendant with a medallion in green and blue letters that reads ‘FRANCO 5′
• A $44,000 Rolex platinum diamond watch
• A US$20,000 American League championship ring
• A $20,000 championship ring from Durham
• A US$5,000 gold pendant of Jerry the mouse from the cartoon “Tom and Jerry”
On June 23rd, according to the report, Mathis sold two of the items at a pawn shop about 20 miles southwest of the hotel. Following Mathis’ arrest, police found the safe in the bedroom closet of an apartment occupied by a woman about six miles from the hotel.
Among the items inside were the two championship rings. The two Cuban link chains and the Rolex have not been recovered, the sheriff’s office told ESPN on Friday.
Mathis is in jail and faces charges for nine separate incidents since January, including four felony robbery charges, including breaking and entering Franco, according to Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office records.
He has also been charged with 14 other felony counts involving weapons, evidence tampering, resisting arrest, credit card and drug fraud, in addition to four misdemeanor counts, including assault. He has a court date scheduled for August 1 and is being held on $906,566 bond, according to the sheriff’s office.