Soccer star Allie Long confirmed via social media on Thursday that her Los Angeles hotel room was broken into and the key to New York City, which she’d recently been gifted, was stolen along with other items
Long and other members of the U.S. Women’s National Team were in Los Angeles on Wednesday to accept the award for Best Team at the 2019 ESPY Awards, Buzzfeed reports. Earlier that day, the team was honored for their recent World Cup win with a parade in New York City, which culminated in Mayor Bill de Blasio gifting each athlete a symbolic key to the city.
But Long tweeted on Thursday that someone had broken into her hotel room, taking the key along with her wedding ring and cash.
“After the @ESPYS show someone stole my wedding ring, cash and the key to my favorite city after just receiving it from my hotel room,” she wrote. “Do you make copies @NYCMayor ? I would love a new one.”
LAPD public information lieutenant Chris Ramirez confirmed to USA Today that the department is currently investigating the robbery, which occurred while Long was staying at the Ritz Carlton hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Long and her husband, Jose Batista, reportedly left the door to their hotel room cracked for an hour that evening while celebrating with Long’s team members, Ramirez said. The couple reported the robbery to the authorities the following afternoon, having not noticed until they were checking out that numerous small items had been stolen from their room.
Investigators are currently interviewing witnesses and studying surveillance footage from the night of the robbery, Ramirez said.
In the meantime, de Blasio has assured Long that the city will provide her with a replacement key.
“So sorry to hear it, Allie. Hang in there,” he wrote. “Don’t worry about the key. Like any good New Yorker, we keep a spare for our neighbors! We got you covered.”
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