While tennis star Venus Williams was playing at the United States Open in early September, burglars broke into her Palm Beach Gardens, Florida home and stole nearly half a million dollars worth of items. Police said on Thursday that $400,000 worth of items were stolen, the New York Times reports.
Williams’ 10,000-square-foot estate was targeted and robbed sometime between Sept. 1 and Sept. 5. It is unclear what kind of items were stolen as that part of the police report has been blacked out, according to the Bleacher Report. The home is valued at $2.3 million and Palm Beach County property records show Williams and her sister Serena bought the property in 2000.
No arrests have been made. The burglary was discovered and first reported by WPEC-TV. It marks the second time in five months that the Palm Beach Gardens Police department allegedly did not publicly release information about an incident involving Williams, according to USA Today. In both this incident and another, police did not release public information until they were reported upon by the media.
Just three months ago, Williams, 37, was involved in a fatal car crash not far from her home. A passenger in the other car, Jerome Barson, died two weeks after the car crash. His estate has sued Williams for negligence. According to the police, Williams was driving about 5 miles per hour when her SUV collided with Barson and his wife’s vehicle. At first, police declared Williams was at fault for running a red light. Later, surveillance video revealed that Williams had “lawfully entered” the intersection. Williams gave a deposition last week for the wrongful death lawsuit.
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