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Burglars Steal Evan Longoria's AK-47 Assault Rifle

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Over the weekend, thieves burglarized the Florida home that three members of the Tampa Bay Rays were renting. It was initially reported that cash, jewelry and electronics were stolen -- but that wasn't all. After news got out about the theft, it was revealed that a "weapon" was also stolen. Turns out that weapon was an AK-47 assault rifle.

The rifle belonged to All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria. Speaking with reporters on Monday, Longoria really didn't want to talk about the automatic rifle.

"It's a personal item," Longoria said. "Obviously they're going to say things that are taken. I think everything within the house is personal and we'll just leave it at that."

The St. Petersburg Times confirmed it was an AK-47, and that it was "perfectly legal" according to the Charlotte County Sheriff's office.

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None of the players -- Longoria, David Price and Reid Brignac -- was home when the break-in occurred. The sheriff said the burglars got in through an unlocked window.

In addition to the rifle, a 60-inch flat screen TV, three iPads, two Xbox game systems, a laptop and several high-priced watches belonging to Price were stolen. Police put the total value at $56,000.

"The good thing was that nobody was there and nobody got hurt and everything is material that we can replace," Brig­nac said.