J.F.K. PARKING LOT, Cleveland — LeBron James, the superstar running back for the Cleveland Browns, is accused of breaking into a home he owned and stealing $30,000 in cash, according to the Lake County prosecutor’s office.
The case against James was unsealed Wednesday morning, the day before the start of the Cleveland game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
James and his attorney did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment.
Lake County Prosecutor John Howard said the cash was found in the home on April 23 and that James was in possession of the cash for about a month.
Howard said the amount James stole was $30.4 million.
James and his lawyers did not respond to requests for comment.
James, 32, and his wife, Justine, had just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and were vacationing in the Dominican Republic when James allegedly broke into their home and stole the cash.
James allegedly called 911 on April 22 and told the dispatcher that he had stolen $30 million from a family friend.
The call was picked up by the police.
James’ arrest comes on the heels of the release of a new documentary about the couple that also focuses on the relationship between James and the family.
James was charged with aggravated burglary of a dwelling, aggravated robbery, grand theft and aggravated criminal mischief.
He is being held in the Lake Erie Correctional Institution.
The indictment is the first criminal case against the star running back, who last season led the NFL in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, according a report from ESPN.
He rushed for 1,847 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The Browns are 8-4 this season.
James is in the final year of his contract with the team, which runs through 2020.
He has 4,636 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns, while the Browns are 4-5.