According to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police report, Ely and two friends were robbed by four men in the parking lot of the Carousel Club early Wednesday. The suspects also shot at his car, the report said.
Speaking about the incident for the first time Monday during Bobcats media day, Ely said he found the jewelry at a pawn shop last week, and while he was there, one of the four men who robbed him walked through the door.
"I'm in the pawn shop giving the guy the description of my jewelry, he says he has it and he gave it to me free," Ely said. "As I'm talking to the owner, the guy who robs me walks right in, swear to God. They saw me and ran out, but his face is on the (security) camera.
"Basically, they're going to get caught. They aren't the smartest criminals."