Suspect Allegedly Steals Backpack with $500,000 in Jewelry Belonging to Ex-NBA Star Allen Iverson

The backpack was taken from the lobby of a Philadelphia hotel

Allen-Iverson-Jewels-800x445Allen Iverson, at left, and suspect in theft of his backpack MICHAEL BEZJIAN/GETTY; PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPARTMENT


A suspect who allegedly walked off with a backpack containing about $500,000 worth of jewelry belonging to former NBA superstar Allen Iverson  is wanted by Philadelphia police.

The former player for the city’s 76ers franchise was apparently at the Sofitel Hotel on Monday morning when the unidentified suspect was able to steal the backpack from the hotel’s lobby, police said.

It was unknown whether the suspect knew about the contents of the backpack, or what Iverson was doing at the hotel at the time of the theft.

The call reporting the incident came about 10:30 a.m., according to a news release from police.

Authorities shared an image of the suspect taken from surveillance video, and described him as approximately 20 years old, standing about 6 feet tall with thin build, and last seen wearing a dark-colored jacket, red shirt, dark pants and black-and-white sneakers.

Iverson, 44, was an 11-time NBA All-Star who was voted as the league’s rookie of the year in 1997, and later its most valuable player in 2001. He retired from the NBA during the 2009-10 season after stints with the 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies.

Anyone with information is asked to call Philadelphia police at 215-686-8477 or email

Police: Father, 21-Month-Old Son Ambushed By Gunmen Outside Of Home!

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –A father and his 21-month-old son were seriously injured in a shooting on Wednesday night, according to the Philadelphia Police Department.

Police say the father and young son were entering their vehicle around 8:40 p.m. where it was parked outside of their home near the intersection of 67th and Trinity Street in Southwest Philadelphia.

With the boy the back seat, police say that one or more people approached the car and fired at least eight shots into the driver’s side window.

The father then sped away from the scene and investigators say additional shots were then fired at the car. It’s believed that several of those shots entered into the back of the vehicle where police say the child was struck multiple times.

The father then drove the car straight to the nearby 12th District police station.

“Fortunately, there were medics that are joined to the facility where they rushed the kid off to Children’s Hospital where he is currently in critical condition. The 21-year-old  father was hit at least nine times, he was rushed by police to Presbyterian. He is in critical condition at this time,” said Lt. John Walker with the Philadelphia Police Department.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.

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