Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco recently became the latest victim in a string of car burglaries in the Jacksonville, Florida area. Franco was there on a rehab assignment in June. He had more than $650,000 worth of jewelry stolen from his SUV.

The alleged serial burglar is a 24-year-old named Kahlil Eugene Mathis. He used a wrench to break into the Rolls-Royce at a hotel parking lot at 3 in the morning on June 22nd. Mathis stole a safe from inside the car.

That safe contained seven pieces of jewelry, according to ESPN. Mathis went on to sell some of it at pawn shops in the area. That is how authorities tracked him down.

Wander Franco was recovering from a right quadriceps train. He was in Jacksonville with the Triple-A Durham Bulls at the time of the break-in. Mathis was wanted for three other similar incidents at the time of his arrest.

The bling taken in the heist includes some expensive pieces. Among them was a $300,000 gold, diamond-crusted Cuban link chain with a medallion. The thief also took a $200,000 Cuban link chain with diamonds among several others.

Kahlil Mathis is now in jail where he faces charges for nine separate crimes since January including four for felony burglary. Wander Franco returned to the Rays on June 25 before breaking a bone in his right hand. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks of action but is probably just happy to have his jewelry back.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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