FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Foxborough police are investigating a burglary at the home of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski while he was in Minneapolis playing in Super Bowl LII.
FULL INTERVIEW: Foxborough police provide update on break-in at Gronk's house
Boston 25 News obtained exclusive video of police responding to Gronk’s Foxborough home Monday night.
Our video shows local and Massachusetts State Police vehicle parked outside Gronkowski’s home, and they were there until about 11 p.m.
Gronkowski briefly appeared at the door of his home, which is a few miles from Gillette Stadium, but did not say anything about the investigation.
Boston 25 News obtained a police audio recording when the responding officer spoke of the break-in.
"… speak with the homeowner there who reports while he was on his trip his house was broke into," the officer said. "Multiple safes … possible guns."
According to a heavily redacted police report, the break in at Gronkowski's home happened just five minutes after he scored his first of two touchdowns at the Super Bowl on Sunday.
The report shows the burglary happened at 8:50 p.m., during the 3rd quarter of the Patriots' game against the Eagles.
We also obtained the 911 called made by Gronkowski reporting the burglary:
DISPATCHER: "911 this line's recorded, what's your emergency?"
GRONK: "Hello, uh, this isn't an emergency. This is Rob Gronkowski calling and while I was gone my whole house got robbed, while on the Super Bowl trip and I just got back."
Foxborough police Chief William Baker spoke with reported outside the police station Tuesday morning and confirmed the break-in while Gronk was away in Minnesota.
“I think it’s kind of a tough combination,” he said. “You know, to have suffered this unfortunate loss and then to get home and be a victim of this kind of crime.”
According to the police report, the burglars were not able to get into Gronk's bedroom; it was found locked and secured.
However, items were taken from the bedrooms of Gronk's two housemates and other valuables were stolen from common areas of the home.
A neighbor spoke with Boston 25 News early Tuesday morning and said he needed to speak with police about noticing something odd at Gronk’s home after seeing our coverage of the break-in.
“We went past the house on Sunday, about 12:30-1 p.m., and I happened to notice the gate was ajar, which is very unusual," Tom Savino said. "You never see that gate ajar. So, as a joke, my son and I said, ‘Gee, maybe we should just call the police or something.' Now I’m sort of sorry I didn't."
Gronkowski and the rest of the New England Patriots left for the Super Bowl in Minneapolis on Jan. 29, and didn’t return home until around 5 p.m. Monday.
Police said no other information would be released until more details are learned.
“Whether you’re Rob Gronkowski or Bill Baker, being the victim of a residential property crime like that is unpleasant,” Baker said. “So, out of respect for Mr. Gronkowski’s privacy, and because this is an active and dynamic criminal investigation we are not going to release any information right now about what was stolen or whether any suspects exist.”
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