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While the Giants Were in San Francisco, Their Cars Were Getting Burgled

The Giants' beat the 49ers 26–3 in San Francisco on Sunday. It was the kind of dominant, defiant victory that might warrant a hero's welcome upon returning home. Well, either a hero's welcome or rampant theft. Take your pick.

So, yeah, it turns out the return to New Jersey wasn't the most welcoming thing in the world. From NBC New York:

Five vehicles belonging to Giants football players were burglarized and one was stolen from a parking lot at the Timex Performance Center in East Rutherford, N.J., while the team was in San Francisco over the weekend, NBC 4 New York has learned.

The cars were targeted between 4 a.m. and 4:20 a.m. Sunday in a parking area controlled by a private security firm contracted by the Giants, according to state police spokesman Sgt. Brian Polite.

Somebody snipped the lock on the facility's gate, rooted around a bunch of cars — most of which reportedly belonged to players and were unlocked — and made away with a whole "tricked out" 1996 Chevy Caprice belonging to Marvin Austin. Offensive lineman James Brennan* was also evidently among the victims, as he took to Twitter Sunday night to express his despair (and got some exceptionally nasty responses).

The lessons, if there are any to be learned: (1_ Get big locks and lock them. (2) Not everyone appreciates a thrilling reprise of last season's NFC Championship win, though the thefts reportedly went down before game time. I wonder if the thief/thieves regret their actions having seen the box score. Oh well. I hope George Glekas enjoys the haul.

* This post has been corrected to call James Brennan by his actual name, which is not James Brewer.

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