USWNT midfielder Allie Long's wedding ring, key to city stolen from hotel room after ESPYs

Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY
Published 11:46 a.m. ET July 12, 2019 | Updated 11:51 a.m. ET July 12, 2019

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The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a burglary at U.S. women’s soccer player Allie Long’s room Wednesday night at the Ritz Carlton hotel in downtown LA following the ESPY awards.

Along with Long’s wedding ring, the symbolic Key to the City of New York, given to players during the ticker-tape parade and ceremony for winning the World Cup, was among the stolen items.

LAPD public information lieutenant Chris Ramirez said the department’s detectives are interviewing witnesses and investigating surveillance video from Wednesday night, when Long and her husband, Jose Batista, left the door to their room “ajar” for about an hour — between 9 and 10 p.m. — while celebrating with fellow USWNT players. The team took home the ESPY for best team. 

Long and her husband did not report the burglary until 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Ramirez said, because the items stolen were smaller and they did not notice they were missing until checking out. 

On Twitter Thursday, Long vented about the robbery, writing: “someone stole my wedding ring, cash and the key to my favorite city.”

Long also asked New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Twitter if she could have another key, and de Blasio quickly replied. “We got you covered,” he wrote on Twitter. 

So sorry to hear it, Allie. Hang in there. Don’t worry about the key. Like any good New Yorker, we keep a spare for our neighbors! We got you covered. https://t.co/B5xqZPMZnU

— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 12, 2019

Ramirez said the LAPD had no leads in the investigation as of Friday morning, but said the person gained entry through the open hotel door and quickly fled the scene.

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