For the second time in a month a NBA player was the victim of a home invasion robbery in the Chicago area and authorities in that city wonder if there isn't a connection between the two crimes. Antoine Walker was duct-taped and robbed of jewelry and cash by armed robbers nearly three weeks ago and Knicks center Eddy Curry suffered the same fate this weekend.
Three masked robbers restrained the 6-foot-11 Curry, some of his family members and an employee with duct tape and held them at gunpoint, Burr Ridge police said.
No one was hurt and there's no truth to the rumor that Curry fought back fiercely for 10 minutes before getting tired and losing his effectiveness. In more seriousness, this is a scary trend for NBA players. Police don't believe this wasn't a random robbery of a home in an upscale neighborhood. As in Walker's case they think that it was planned and executed with full knowledge of who the victims were and with the confidence that a gun will give you an advantage over even the largest professional athlete.
Because of the similar M.O.'s, the police in Chicago and suburban Burr Ridge are working together to see if there's a connection between the two crimes. Walker moved out of his home after the robbery but for now Curry and his family are staying in the "dream house" they built in the 'burbs. Here's hoping this is the last of these robberies because sooner or later one of them is going to end up with the player or a member of his family dead.