Masked Burglars Steal Kobe Bryant Memorabilia From His High School’s Display Case [VIDEO]
Two masked men stole rare Kobe Bryant memorabilia from a glass case at his alma mater earlier in February, and police just released surveillance video showing the crime in action.
The two burglars were able to break into the locked celebratory display case situated outside of the Lower Merion High School gymnasium, which is named in Kobe’s honor. The basketball legend donated $500,000 to the greater Philadelphia-area school, which reportedly was allocated to help refurbish the gym.
The security footage shows the two suspects removing several items, including Kobe’s framed high school jersey, several pairs of signed Nike sneakers, and the 1996 state championship trophy that Kobe won during his tenure, according to the Associated Press.
Police in Lower Merion, a township right outside of Philadelphia, responded to the high school just before 7:30 a.m. on Sunday to investigate the crime scene, according to a local ABC news affiliate.
Kobe skipped college and went straight to the NBA after playing basketball at Lower Merion High School. Student athletes are not eligible for the NBA draft unless they play at least one year in college, a rule called “one-and-done” that was established in 2005.
The suspects still remain on the loose.
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