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5 guns, $20K stolen from Braves player's Buckhead home

Nick Markakis celebrates trotts to third base after hitting a three-run homer in the ninth inning for a 8-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at SunTrust Park on March 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

ATLANTA — Police are searching for the suspect who broke into veteran Braves right fielder Nick Markakis’ home in northeast Atlanta and stole five firearms and $20,000 in cash.

On March 29 just after 11 p.m., officers responded to Markakis’ house off Wieuca Road after receiving a call that someone was in the home, according to an Atlanta police report obtained by AJC.com.

A front window had been broken into and the front door was open when officers arrived, the report said. A neighbor had called Markakis and then handed the cellphone to officers so he could speak to them.

A safe in the master bedroom closet had been stolen, which Markakis told police had $20,000 cash, an AR-15 rifle, three 9 mm handguns and a Breitling watch inside. Another firearm in a basement bedroom was also stolen, according to the report.

No other details were provided and the investigation is ongoing.

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Markakis, 35, recently rejoined the Braves on a one-year deal worth $6 million guaranteed, AJC.com previously reported. He’s a three-time Gold Glove Award winner and was named an MLB All-Star in 2018 for the first time in his 13-year major league career.

The Woodstock High School graduate has had a late-career renaissance since signing with the Braves in 2014. After having the best season of his career last year, he’s started the 2019 season with a .324 batting average, .390 on-base percentage, .405 slugging percentage, eight RBIs and 12 hits in 10 games.

This article was written by Zachary Hansen, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution