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DePaul assistant coach's house ransacked

Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:15 am
By Matt Norlander

This may be the worst story affiliated with overseas trips this summer.

DePaul assistant coach Billy Garrett returned home after the team's nine-day "goodwill" trip to France on Sunday only to discover that his house was cleared out. How devastating. You know how it is after a long trip/vacation. It's almost always such a great, memorable time, but those hours and minutes before you get home can be excruciating. You just can't wait to walk in through the front door, take a gander and say, "Finally. Home."

The most stressful part of Garrett's trip came the minute it ended. The Chicago Sun-Times first reported the story:

“They took everything,” Garrett said. “They cleaned us out. Things that can’t be replaced, this really took some time.”

Garrett, his wife, Annissa and son Billy Jr., who accompanied him on the Demons’ 4-0 trip, were all devastated. An emotional Garrett was extremely distraught when talking about some of the items that were taken.

“My father [William] was the first black that played basketball in the Big 10’” he said. “They took that jersey and his Globetrotter jersey. They also took my son’s city championship ring and oxygen tank.”

The oxygen tank is critical because Billy Jr. suffers from a sickle cell disease. It's about as worst-case scenario sans any bodily injuries as you can get. Seriously, who raids homes anymore? I thought we'd largely moved past this as a society. 

The good news is no one in Garrett's family was hurt because of the crime. The bad: it's safe to assume the criminal(s) involved here knew Garrett's family would be away and took advantage once he was across the Atlantic.

Photo via DePaul athletics
Category: NCAAB

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 2:15 pm

DePaul assistant coach's house ransacked

Somebody here needs to update the story. The local Chicago papers are reporting that this was not a breakin rather an deviction. The landlord had all the stuff confiscated and sent to storage because of a renters dispute....that is a big difference.


Since: Jun 13, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:35 pm

DePaul assistant coach's house ransacked

and the neighbors?  the guy's house is completely emptied and nobody saw or heard a thing?  living on Chicago's southside with no alarm system?  Garrett and his family are lucky to have been in France when the moving vans pulled up.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 5:11 pm

DePaul assistant coach's house ransacked

One or all may or may not work for you. If a weapon was discharged in my area, the cops would be here quickly.
A couple big guard dogs may or may not work depending on their demeanor.
I know a good vicious bark keeps people away from my property.

In this guys case, I think he makes enough to have a house sitter or a friend or family person to stay there.
Also, locking your valuables up, is just that, locking them up - preferably somewhere else.

If everyone knows you work for DePaul - then act accordingly instead of doing nothing.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 4:28 pm

DePaul assistant coach's house ransacked

Sonic, I want to know what dogs you employ that are bullet proof. If they are bold enough to clear out an entire house (and it sounds like everything in the article), they are probably bold enough to carry a weapon. Security system that is actually enforced is the way to go, though just a security system on period usually does the trick; cops showing up seals the deal that it'll be watched. Locking up your valuables won't do much either if they cleared the place out. Unless you have a safe hidden behind the picture above your bed that isn't easily removed, which I doubt most people do, it's probably not going to help much when they have a week to raid your house. And the dude coaches for DePaul. I think it was kind of obvious that the team was going to be gone. He didn't have to advertise a thing if he's mentioned anywhere at all that he works with the team, usually on the team page. Some are good tips, but not all apply in this case.

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 4:22 pm

DePaul assistant coach's house ransacked

Was this in Lincoln Park?

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 1:54 pm

DePaul assistant coach's house ransacked

it truly is a shame that this happened, but this could have been prevented, and easily might i say. to the guy who said that home invasions were a thing of the past, that is just false. these type of things happen everyday, and for a society living in struggle right now, some pathetic human beings resort to breaking into peoples homes. an effective alarm system would have stopped this from happening, and i highly recommend getting one for your home because when you least expect it, something this terrible could happen to you.

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 12:29 pm

DePaul assistant coach's house ransacked

your really gonna get on here and try and act like you know everything about traveling this is a sad crime that was committed by a pathetic human being that cant work for their own things.  How dare you get on here and blame the coach for his house getting robbed.  Your a know it all who proboably isnt liked by many beacuse of your cocky demeanor.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 11:41 am

DePaul assistant coach's house ransacked

From someone who spends 2-4 weeks a year overseas some advice for the noobs on how to avoid this.

- Get a Watch dog, have an insured pet service take care of dog whilst you are gone and the dog is protecting the yard/home
- Hire someone to STAY in your home while you are gone.
- Get a security alarm or camera system
- Safely lock up or hide your valuables PRIOR to leaving so your rings & small valuables are not in plain sight.
- Tell only the people that NEED to know that you are leaving, don't advertise it on facebook!

Be smart and consider all of these things.
I feel sorry for this family - but something tells me this was an inside job, that could have been avoided.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 11:30 am

DePaul assistant coach's house ransacked

>>>Seriously, who raids homes anymore? I thought we'd largely moved past this as a society. 

On the contrary. There are quite a few thieves who keep an eye on the obituary columns and choose the time of the funeral to break in to the mourners' home and steal everything they have left. "Society" has nothing to do with it. Prison instead of euthanasia is to blame.

Since: Jun 23, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 11:19 am

DePaul assistant coach's house ransacked

Put an alert out to all pawn shops in the area, because you know those thugs are just going to sell those things.  What a bunch of low-life scum.

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