Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Burglary of Jackson's home yielded $20,000 not $200,000, police say

Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson. (Clem Murray/Staff file photo)
Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson. (Clem Murray/Staff file photo)

Philadelphia Police on Friday provided a drastically reduced estimate for the amount of cash reportedly stolen from DeSean Jackson's house, saying they have mistakenly been releasing incorrect information gleaned from a preliminary interview with Jackson's mother.

Lt. John Stanford, a department spokesman, said that on the night of the January burglary to the former Philadelphia Eagle's home in South Philadelphia home, Jackson's mother had told police she believed her son typically had as much as $200,000 and three handguns in the safe that was burglarized.

But when Jackson returned home a few days later, he told police he had only $20,000 in the safe at the time of the break-in and one Ruger handgun. He said he also lost a gold and diamond Rolex Presidential watch valued at $110,000.

"This was a genuine mistake on our part," Stanford said. "His mother was giving police what she thought was in the home. Once, they interviewed Jackson, he knows what's in his house, and he said, 'No, that's wrong.' He told them what was missing."

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