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Falcons kicker burglarized for golf clubs

BRASELTON -- An Atlanta Falcons kicker recently fell victim to a burglary pulled by a Chinese food delivery man, police said Tuesday.

The delivery man, Kristian Vail, 22, of Flowery Branch, parked in the Chateau Elan driveway of veteran placekicker Matt Bryant while on the job Sept. 16 and spotted an opportunity, according to Braselton police.

Vail walked in Bryant's open garage, lifted a Mizuno bag full of golf clubs, completed the food delivery and left, said Braselton police Assistant Chief Lou Solis.

Investigators spotted the custom clubs, valued at more than $3,000, via their serial numbers on the Internet after they'd traded hands once, Solis said.

The Internet posting led police to 22-year-old Michael Gibson, of Flowery Branch, who allegedly told police he'd traded Vail 80 pills of the drug Ecstasy for the bag and clubs.

Gibson was arrested on felony theft by receiving charges, and Vail on felony burglary charges, last week. Both have since posted $5,700 bond and were released from the Gwinnett County Jail.

About 98 percent of the equipment was recovered, though a Scotty Cameron Putter could not be tracked down, Solis said.

One club ended up in the hands of a Midtown Atlanta jazz club owner, who told police he paid Gibson $120 for the club plus $5 in gas money. He returned the club and wasn't charged, Solis said.

Several agencies pitched in on the search, including corporate security personnel from the National Football League.