Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside has been through a lot this summer after he bought a $50,000 assault rifle that was stolen after the purchase.
The bizarre and unique incident happened on the 5th of July when Whiteside brought a $50,000 Colt M16 assault rifle, ammunition, a rifle bag, and a silencer at Johnson’s Firearms in Miami.
According to Miami sports journalist, Andy Slater, Whiteside went straight from the gun shop to the University of Miami to workout. While there, his very own Rolls Royce was left foolishly unlocked which he presumably is when the thief stole the rifle and the bag.
According to exclusively-obtained police reports, Whiteside bought a $50,000 Colt M16 assault rifle, ammunition, a rifle bag, and a silencer at Johnson’s Firearms in Miami on July 5.
Whiteside went directly from the gun store to the University of Miami for a workout.
As he practiced in the Hurricanes gym for about an hour, Whiteside left his Rolls Royce unlocked.
The next day when Whiteside got home, he noticed that his rifle bag and weapon were missing.
Whiteside called police.
Whiteside told detectives that he had only been at the gun store, Watsco Center, and then to his Miami Beach home.
After reviewing surveillance video, Coral Gables police determined that the gun was not stolen on campus, as he believed. Whiteside was the only person seen to go in and out of his unlocked $400,000 car.
Once Whiteside had contacted police and went over the timeline of events, the surveillance cameras were all checked, and it was confirmed that the gun was not stolen on campus as Whiteside was the only person to come in or out of his unlocked $400,000 Rolls Royce.
Two weeks later, Whiteside and his lawyers called the police back once again. Whiteside had remembered that he had left his gun and all his gun accessories in his unlocked car while he was still inside the gun store. Therefore, the rifle had to have been stolen during that time while he was at the store and not while he was at the University of Miami.
Thankfully for Whiteside, the rifle and the accessories were located on the 23rd of July in a stolen vehicle. Not only was it lucky for Whiteside but lucky for Miami itself as there may have been an unlicensed and dangerous man on the loose with an extremely powerful weapon.
Whiteside released a statement through the Heat on Thursday:
“I have a license for the gun that was stolen from me over the summer. I should have secured it better and I’m glad it was recovered. It won’t happen again. It is now locked in a safe and I only use it at the gun range.”
Whiteside posted videos on Instagram of himself shooting an M18, like the weapon that was stolen from him.