Kevin Brown watched on his home surveillance system Tuesday morning as two men in a white sports car with a Florida plate rode up to the gate of his multimillion-dollar home, opened his mailbox and sped off with his mail.
Deputies searched near Rivoli Downs but didn't spot a white 2017 Ford Mustang.
About five hours later, after the next mail delivery, the men in the Mustang returned and left with his mail once again, according to an incident report from the Bibb County Sheriff's Office. Deputies searched for the car with no luck.
So when the Mustang rolled back into the neighborhood Wednesday, the former major league pitcher was, well, ready to play catch.
Deputies said Brown was on a stake-out, armed and watching for the car from his neighbor's shady driveway.
Brown held at gunpoint 30-year-old Jeremy Carlton Brown Jr. and his 15-year-old brother until police arrived, deputies at the scene told The Telegraph. The brothers are of no relation to Kevin Brown.
A lengthy interview with investigators revealed the brothers committed several thefts, authorities said. Deputies recovered more than $3,000 in cash and more than $16,000 in checks belonging to other people, the sheriff's office said in a news release Thursday.
Jeremy Brown and his little brother were charged late Wednesday with three counts of theft by taking and one count of forgery. The 15-year-old was "turned over to (the Division of Family and Children Services) until a family member could be contacted," according to the news release.
Jeremy Brown, who also was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, was released early Thursday on a $4,450 bond, records show.
Cpl. Neal Moore, a property investigator, told The Telegraph that Jeremy Brown, who is from Miami, had been staying with a friend in an apartment in northeast Atlanta.
The white Mustang with a Florida tag, investigators learned, belonged to Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and it had been rented from the company office at the Atlanta airport.
Kevin Brown played for the Rangers, Orioles, Marlins, Padres, Dodgers and Yankees during his career. Attempts to reach him by phone Thursday afternoon were not successful.
Moore said it is not a common practice for mail thieves to target someone with the same last name.
There have not been any recent reports of stolen mail in the area other than at Kevin Brown's house, Sgt. Linda Howard said.