Burglars Knew He Wasn't Home. He Was Playing in Super Bowl

Police investigate break-in at home of Patriots player Rob Gronkowski
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2018 11:35 AM CST
New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski walks off the field after losing Super Bowl 52 to the Philadelphia Eagles.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

(Newser) – Celebrities have been warned not to give out their locations in real time for fear of opportunistic intruders entering their vacant homes. Unfortunately for Rob Gronkowski, just about everyone knew the New England Patriots tight end would be at the Super Bowl in Minneapolis on Sunday. Upon returning home from a 41-33 defeat around 5pm Monday, "Gronk" discovered his residence in Foxborough, Mass., had been broken into and called police, who spent five hours at the home, reports Boston 25. According to police audio reviewed by USA Today, officers stated "multiple safes, possible guns taken."

"It's kind of a tough combination. You know, to have suffered this unfortunate loss and then to get home and be a victim of this kind of crime," says Foxborough Police Chief William Baker. A "very active and dynamic criminal investigation" is now underway, police add in a statement, per Deadspin. It's not clear when the break-in occurred—Gronkowski was reportedly last at the home on Jan. 29—but a neighbor says he saw a gate ajar on Sunday. "You never see that gate ajar. So, as a joke, my son and I said, 'Gee, maybe we should just call the police or something.' Now I'm sort of sorry I didn't," he tells Boston 25.

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