An SUV rented by former major leaguer and current ESPN commentator Alex Rodriguez was robbed in San Francisco yesterday while he dined at SoMa restaurant Marlowe. Visiting the city to broadcast from a Giants-Phillies game, “A-Rod” reportedly parked his car — full of technical equipment, a laptop, and jewelry — in SoMa while he and others enjoyed a meal at the popular restaurant.
The value of the items stolen was originally reported as half a million dollars, making the meal quite a splurge. But it’s possible that estimate is off-base: “The financial value of the items stolen from Alex Rodriguez’s vehicle while he was having dinner is being grossly exaggerated,” a representative tells TMZ, which broke the story.
“I am saddened that several items that were of a personal nature and irreplaceable with sentimental value were taken,” A-Rod clarified in a comment to the online tabloid. “I am encouraged that local law enforcement has security footage of the crime and are doing all they can to get the items back.”
Anna Weinberg, the restaurateur behind Marlowe, tells ABC7 that A-Rod’s car was parked across the street from her business at 4th and Brannan. Weinberg says she waited with the TV commentator and his crew until 1:45 a.m., when police arrived at the scene.
The incident is just a further reminder that smash-and-grab crimes in San Francisco have reached a fever pitch, with local police estimating that a car is broken into every 23 minutes in the city. By now, most San Franciscans are loathe to leave anything in their cars, let alone $500,000 in goods — but visitors can hardly be blamed for lacking locals’ cynicism.