Tom Brady wasn’t the only sports icon targeted by thieves Sunday night. Lower Merion High
in Ardmore, PA says three people broke into the “Kobe Case” and stole a few pairs of Bryant’s autographed shoes, a state championship trophy, programs from Kobe’s high school years and a replica jersey.
Bryant played basketball for the Philadelphia area school before being drafted into the NBA in the 1990s.
On Tuesday, Lower Merion Township Police released surveillance video of the entire theft. You can watch it below. If you can’t see it, click here.
Here’s a statement from the school:
I regret to inform you that last night thieves broke into our school and stole a number of items from the Kobe Bryant display case outside the Bryant Gymnasium. The items included Kobe’s framed high school replica jersey, the 1996 PIAA Boys Basketball State Championship trophy and net, programs from the state and district title games, a proclamation from the Pennsylvania State House honoring the 1996 team as well as several pairs of signed Nike sneakers. Local law enforcement is investigating the matter and is reviewing surveillance video from inside and outside the school in an aggressive effort to identify those responsible for this crime.
While the items from the case are not of substantial monetary value, they do have a great deal of sentimental importance. They represent a wonderful time of accomplishment, unity and pride for our school community — the 1996 state championship — and celebrate an alumnus who has made significant and lasting contributions to our school and the sports world. The “Kobe Showcase” has become a unique point of pride for our school and even a tourist attraction; many basketball fans from all over the world visit our school each year to take photos in front of the display and leave even more impressed by the warmth, kindness and spirit of LM students and staff.
We are saddened and angered that our school has been vandalized, but we are grateful that no one was harmed during the incident last night. Material items can be replaced and we will make every effort to restore and even enhance the contents of the case with the help of alumni and friends. And even if we cannot replace all the items, the moments that produced them are still very much alive in our memories and honored through the ongoing traditions of Aces Nation.
If for any reason you may have information related to this incident, please contact us or the Lower Merion police at (610) 649-1000. Thank you for your consideration and support.
Director of Athletics & Activities