Two-time Olympic gold medalist and former Lady Vol DeeDee Trotter is making
headlines once again, but not for her speed.
Someone ran off with thousands of dollars worth of Trotter's belonging, including
five of her championship rings. The items were stolen from a home in Altamonte
Springs, FL. Several reports said the home was that of the athlete, however
Trotter said the home was that of a friend were she was spending some time.
Trotter said, "I so want justice. I'm not going to lie."
Trotter said she and her friend were away from the home on May 2, 2013. She
said when they returned later that evening they'd discovered someone had broken
into the home.
"They had come in through the sliding glass door and literally tore my
Trotter said the burglar / burglars stole an iPod with "2012
Olympian" engraved on it and a set of Beats by Dre headphones with a
"Land of the Free" and "Home of the Brave" engraving. The
items were only given to members of the US Olympic Team. Also stolen were five
of Trotter's championship rings, two NCAA Championship rings she earned while
running for the University of Tennessee, one SEC Championship ring she won in
2003, and two Olympic rings (2004 and 2008). Trotter said her 2012 Olympic ring
was not taken and neither were any of her medals, which she said were out in
the open because she was packing for a trip.
Trotter said, "They opened them up, they looked at them, they tossed
them around a little bit, and put them back on the dresser nice and neat.
Everything else was thrown around, but they put those back nice and neat. Nice
Trotter does not think she was a specific target, as she said several of
homes in the gated community had been previously burglarized. It's not known if
the burglaries are connected, but Trotter hopes her unique items that were
stolen will lead to those responsible.
It would be a great thing to come home one day
and they say, 'We've got these guys'," Trotter said.
Anyone knowing anything regarding the burglary or the whereabouts of the property is asked Detective David Miller with the Altamonte Springs Police Department at (407) 571 - 8271 or (407) 339 - 2441. Anonymous tips may also be called into Crimeline at (800) 423 - TIPS.