Former Panther star posts video of ‘idiots’ who broke into home, wrecked prized car

Former Carolina Panthers star linebacker Thomas Davis Sr. posted videos and photos on Instagram of two men he said broke into his home and wrecked one of his prized collector cars.

“If any of you recognize either one of these idiots that decided it was good idea to come into my home and go through all of my cars and even steal and wreck my McLaren.

“I’m offering a cash reward for anyone that can help identify who these guys are!” the retired linebacker posted to his 229,000 followers on Tuesday morning.

Davis didn’t say how much of a cash reward he’s offering.

The thieves wrecked the McLaren 720S at about 5:30 a.m., less than a mile from the home of Davis and his wife, Kelly, in the gated Stratford on Providence neighborhood in Weddington, Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey said in a news release.

Deputies recovered the car at the scene. The car might have crashed into a “getaway vehicle” in which the suspects fled, the sheriff said.

Neither Davis nor the sheriff’s office gave the year of the McLaren 720S. A used 2020 version sells for up to $297,000, according to, the online car pricing and review site.

A neighbor called the Davises about their wrecked car, Cathey said.

Thieves crash into ‘getaway car’

The thieves rummaged through several unlocked cars in the Davis family’s driveway and may have stolen two firearms from one of the unlocked cars, according to the sheriff. The firearms haven’t been found, he said.

“The investigation remains active and detectives are continuing to search for video surveillance footage,” Cathey said.

Each of Davis’ Instagram posts about the break-in drew up to 6,500 likes in just 2 hours. By 6 p.m. Tuesday, one of the videos had been viewed 66,469 times, the other video 60,700 times.

Captain Munnerlyn and Jonathan Stewart were among former teammates who posted “likes” on Davis’s posts, as well as such current NFL stars as Darius Slay, the three-time Pro Bowl cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Former Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis said thieves stole this McLaren collector car from his home and wrecked it.
Former Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis said thieves stole this McLaren collector car from his home and wrecked it.

“Dang,” retired Panther Roman Harper posted with a tear emoji. “No way.”

Fans react to break-in

Up to 30,500 fans have liked the posts, some with comments.

“Clowns,” one said of the thieves.

“Glad this home invasion story ended like this and not any other way,” another fan said. “Always a bright side and blessing in dark times. Glad y’all safe.”

During his 16 years in the NFL, Davis made three Pro Bowl appearances and, in 2015, was named First Team All-Pro. Davis was selected by the Panthers 14th overall in the 2005 NFL draft out of Georgia.

In March, he signed a one-day contract to retire as a Carolina Panther.

Davis, 37, initially announced his retirement in December, before his final regular-season game with the Washington Football Team. Tight end Greg Olsen joined Davis in retiring as a Panther on March 11. The pair were teammates from 2011-18.

Staff Writer Alaina Getzenberg contributed.

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