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Report: Hassan Whiteside’s $50K Assault Rifle Was Immediately Stolen After Purchase
- Updated: November 16, 2018
According to exclusively obtained police reports by Andy Slater of Slater Scoops, Whiteside had purchased the rifle along with a rifle bag, ammunition, and silencer at Johnson’s Firearms in Miami on July 5.
Whiteside had believed that the rifle was stolen while he was working out at the University of Miami. He hadn’t noticed that he’d left the doors to his Rolls Royce unlocked until he got home the next day. After realizing that neither his rifle nor the bag were in the car, he called the police. He recalled to them everywhere he’d been the past day to help the investigation recover his property.
The Coral Gables police reviewed the surveillance footage to find that Whiteside was the only person to enter or exit his car during his workout, eliminating the possibility of the rifle being stolen at the University of Miami.
Two weeks later, Whiteside recalled to detectives that he left his car unlocked momentarily while he went back inside the gun store the day he purchased the rifle. Detectives reasoned that the gun was stolen during this brief moment and not on campus.
The rifle along with the ammunition were recovered on July 23 in a stolen vehicle in North Miami.
Whiteside later went on to release a statement on Thursday regarding the ordeal:
“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.”