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There wasn't much of a home-field advantage on a recent Sunday when the New York Giants' dismantled the San Francisco 49ers. The home 49ers were destroyed. But while their cars sat at home in New Jersey, several New York Giants team members had their cars burglarized.
When the Giants arrived back in New Jersey, they found out that five cars were broken into and one car belonging to defensive tackle Marvin Austin was stolen, reports Reuters.
The cars were parked in an area of the Timex Performance Center's parking lot in East Rutherford, where the team trains, reports Reuters. A lock was broken on a gate to gain entry into the parking lot.
Police say that the crime occurred in the early morning hours on Sunday, when the team was still sleeping prior to their game against the 49ers.
After learning that his car was broken into, offensive lineman James Brewer tweeted: "Only in Jersey can someone be heartless enough to break into my car while we are in Cali making fans proud." Brewer later tweeted that his car had already been broken into twice in New Jersey, though he clarified that he was not slamming the state, reports Reuters.
It's a bit surprising that the Giants did not have better security around the team's parking lot. With the whole team gone, the likely very expensive cars of team members were essentially sitting ducks for would-be burglars. And if I had to hazard a guess, I'm guessing that you'd find a lot more valuable things inside the glove compartment of a pro athlete's car, than you'd find in mine.
While the New York Giants players have to deal with the burglaries, thefts, and sense of personal violation, they should still count themselves lucky. After all, they could be playing for the Jets.