The New York Daily News reported on April 28th that New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda’s new apartment had been robbed. (This is incorrect, by the way; people are robbed, apartments are burglarized but let’s not be nit-picky. Yet.) According to the short article, Duda gave a moving company, hired by the team, the keys to his apartment on April 6th before leaving on a road trip; when he arrived at his new apartment on April 17th he found his door open and several items missing.
Let’s set aside the fact that Duda will make better than $1.5 million this season. Forget that he only lost $1,600 worth of stuff out of all the things he presumably had lying around. Try to stop laughing for a second about this millionaire athlete owning a fake Breitling. What can be assumed in all this?
Ask the pseudo-journalist who wrote this article and you’ll hear that a guy or guys from the moving company snagged the goods. Search a little and you’ll find more of the same. But this is a false assumption.
Duda handed over the keys to his old apartment and left town. The movers moved his stuff to his new apartment. Duda arrived at his new apartment to find an open door and some things missing. This pretty much covers the details as we know them.
The movers may be suspects but at this point that is all. To say anything more is speculation at best and slander at worst.
Maye the movers took something, maybe they didn’t. The lessons for the rest of us are clear: Don’t take stuff. Make sure we lock the door behind us. And whenever possible, have the customer or someone he knows on site when we are at work. If something goes wrong, as in this case, it can be awfully hard to defend ourselves if we end up as the accused.