DePaul assistant coach Billy Garrett's rented Chicago home may not have been burglarized after all.
Chicago police are treating Garrett's case as a landlord-tenant dispute and not a burglary, according to Chicago Police News Affairs officer Daniel O'Brien.
"The tenant returned home to find the locks on the property had been changed," O'Brien said on Thursday night. "Glancing in the apartment, items may have been missing. The case is still appointed to the Area 1 detectives division."
Garrett had previously told ESPNChicago.com his house had been "cleared out," presumably by burglars.
Garrett claimed earlier Thursday he had returned from DePaul's trip from France to find that his home had been burglarized and nothing remained. He thought the burglars had been disguised as a moving company.
"It was cleared out," Garrett said earlier in Thursday. "They took everything. Someone knew we were gone. They came in with moving trucks. Our neighbors just thought we were moving."
Garrett estimated that nearly $500,000 worth of possessions were removed from the home. Among the items missing were memorabilia Garrett's father passed down to him. Garrett's father, Bill Garrett, was a legendary basketball player and coach in Indiana. The items included his father's Indiana Mr. Basketball ring, his 1947 high school state championship ring, his Harlem Globetrotters' jersey and a statue made by an Indiana artist depicting Garrett, his father and his son.
"It was priceless to us," Garrett said.
Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at email@example.com.