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N.E. Patriots Safety’s Colorado Home Robbed During AFC Championship

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on January 22, 2013

derrick martin robberyNew England Patriots safety Derrick Martin was gunning for his third straight NFL title, having won Super Bowl rings with the Green Bay Packers in 2011 and the New York Giants in 2012.

But on Sunday, while Martin was on the sideline, inactive, watching his Patriots lose 28-13 to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game, two men in ski masks, with handguns, broke into his home in Aurora, Colorado. At least one adult and several children were home at the time, according to the Denver Post.

Two robbers forced their way inside Martin’s home at about 8:05 p.m., stealing numerous items of value, Aurora police spokesman Frank Fania said. …

“We don’t know if he was specifically targeted or not,” Fania said. “There was nothing said during the robbery that would indicate that.” Still, random home-invasion robbers are rare, Fania said.

The two armed men didn’t stay long, and victims were not able to provide a solid description of the men or their vehicle.

“No shots were fired; no threats were made,” Fania said. “Thankfully, no one was hurt.”

While this may just have been blind luck, it’s entirely feasible the armed robbers targeted Martin, who they knew would not be home at the time.

In the northwest of England, thieves have been burgling the homes of soccer stars who were known to be playing at the time. Liverpool players were victimized nine times in an 18-month span, and other clubs’ players were struck as well. Most incidents were cleaner than armed men with big guns, but some involving the burglars holding family at knifepoint.

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