Things went from bad to worse for New England Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski when he returned home to Foxborough, Massachusetts, after his team lost the 2018 Super Bowl to the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis. The New York Post reports police in Foxborough confirming yesterday that the Gronk had to call 9-1-1 when he got home to say, “This isn’t an emergency. … This is just uh, Rob Gronkowski calling,” Gronk said to the operator. “While I was gone, my whole house got robbed while on the Super Bowl trip and I just got back.”
The Boston Globe reported that one window to Gronkowski’s home had been broken and that three guns were stolen. Police arrived at the Gronk’s residence early Monday evening after the tight end made that 9-1-1 call. Police say that the burglars also made off with several safes and that several rooms in the home had been tossed. For some reason, the football player’s bedroom was left undisturbed.
Police in Foxborough are trying to stay as tight-lipped as possible regarding the specifics of the case so as not to alert the burglars about any pertinent information the cops may have regarding their investigation, according to ESPN. Yesterday, Police Chief William Baker refused to say exactly when the robbery went down or what was stolen, but did confirm that Gronk was in Minneapolis at Super Bowl 52 during the break-in and robbery.
“There were items stolen,” Baker told reporters Tuesday morning. “We’re not going to release the nature of the items stolen.
“Obviously the people who committed the theft know what was stolen. It’s an investigative advantage for us to know that as well and not share it with the public, so I won’t have any further comment on that.”
The Patriots returned to Massachusetts’ Gillette Stadium on Monday afternoon. The Gronkowski residence is only a few miles away from that stadium. During Sunday’s game, Gronkowski caught two passes for touchdowns. He had a total of nine catches for a total of 116 yards. Following the game, Gronkowski intimated that he could be looking at retiring from the gridiron.
Police Chief Baker went on to say that, “It’s a tough combination to have suffered this unfortunate loss, and then to get home and be a victim of this kind of crime, which really has a profound effect on everybody who is a victim of this crime when your personal space is breached like that.”