Ex-NBA star Jayson Williams reports burglary at Berkeley Hall home

February 2, 2010 

Burglars apparently stole at least $60,000 worth of electronics, jewelry and sports memorabilia from the Bluffton home of former NBA star Jayson Williams, a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

Among the items missing from the Berkeley Hall home are an autographed pair of Tiger Woods' shoes and handwritten lyrics by late rapper Tupac Shakur, Cpl. Robin McIntosh confirmed.

The burglary was reported at about 11:30 a.m. Friday, McIntosh said. The investigation remains active and there are no suspects, though "persons of interest" have been interviewed, she said.

Williams, 40, who played for the New Jersey Nets, told the Sheriff's Office he had been out of town in January. He returned to find his home at 4 York Circle had been broken into, she said. The burglary occurred between Jan. 22 and Jan. 29, according to the Sheriff's Office report.

Sheriff's Office investigators found no signs of forced entry, McIntosh said. The initial report filed by the Sheriff's Office says that the value of the stolen items is "pending inventory," she said.

Contacted by telephone Tuesday, Williams said he is under a judge's gag order -- stemming from a separate incident -- restricting him from speaking with the media.

The New York Post reported Sunday that more than $150,000 worth of items -- including shorts signed by basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain, four plasma-screen televisions, a diamond Breitling watch and a gold Rolex watch -- were stolen.

Williams' wife, Tanya Young-Williams, went public with the theft Saturday on her Facebook page, The Post reported. She said believes the burglar was an acquaintance and is offering a $5,000 reward for the return of the items, according to The Post.

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