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Worst nightmare: Thieves posing as movers steal $500,000 from Depaul coach

Posted by: Michael Rand under Sports Updated: August 25, 2011 - 3:35 PM

From ESPN Chicago:

DePaul assistant coach Billy Garrett returned from the Blue Demons' recent trip to France to find that everything in his Chicago home had been stolen earlier this week.

Garrett and his family, which includes his son Billy Jr., a DePaul recruit and a Morgan Park junior, and his wife Annissa, were in France for 11 days. While they were gone, thieves posing as a home moving company removed every belonging in their rented home in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood in broad daylight. Garrett estimated everything was valued around $500,000.

"It was cleared out," Garrett said by phone on Thursday. "They took everything. Someone knew we were gone. They came in with moving trucks. Our neighbors just thought we were moving."

Among the items stolen was memorabilia Garrett's father passed down to him. Garrett's father, Bill Garrett, was a legendary basketball player and coach in Indiana. The items included his father's Indiana Mr. Basketball ring, his 1947 high school state championship ring, his Harlem Globetrotters' jersey and a statue made by an Indiana artist depicting Garrett, his father and his son.

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