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Brad Jacobs’ Stolen Olympic Championship Ring Recovered by Police

June 28, 2014 – By The Canadian Press, Postmedia News


Curling champion Brad Jacobs was thrilled when they called him to say his stolen ring from the 2014 Sochi Games had been recovered.

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The expensive engraved jewelry was stolen from a motel room in Boyle, Alta., where the gold-medal winning skip was taking part in a charity golf tournament last weekend.

RCMP Cpl. John Spaans (SPANZ) says Jacobs wasn’t holding out much hope that the ring would be found.

That made him all the more pleased when an officer called to tell him the ring had been found in the attic of a house.

A 22-year-old woman is facing charges and a man, also 22, is still being sought by police.

The woman is to appear in a Boyle courtroom in August.

Other personal items belonging to Jacobs and another theft victim were also recovered.

“He was pretty thrilled … He was surprised, first off, then pretty happy obviously. With such a small item, you’re really looking for a needle in a haystack,” Spaans said Friday.

“He had said if we ever found it to call him right away.”

Spaans said the two suspects were identified as the result of tips from the public and video surveillance.

“We put out the press release asking for public assistance and people started thinking back about strange activity they’d seen or hadn’t reported to the police yet,” he said.

“And through all those complaints … we were able to connect these two and go back and review video footage from the motel and … that subsequently led us to a house in town.”

The ring was not part of the booty presented to Jacobs at the Olympics. He and his teammates had the option to have the rings made and purchased them on their own.

He had been heart-broken about the theft, saying he had hoped to someday pass the ring down to his children, and had pleaded with the thieves to give it back.


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Canadian 2014 Olympic curling ring stolen

June 26, 2014


Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating this Sochi 2014 Olympic Champions ring belonging to Canadian curler Brad Jacobs.

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Brad Jacobs, one of Canada’s Olympic curling champions, is missing his Sochi 2014 championship ring after a hotel robbery in northern Alberta.

Jacobs was visiting for a charity golf tournament when his hotel room was robbed.

He said the ring was taken while he and other tournament participants were in the hotel bar, between 1 and 2 a.m. on June 20.

When the group tried to return to their rooms, Jacobs said his room and one other room were found to be locked from the inside.

“We obviously knew that was a little weird with it being deadbolted from the inside, and I immediately went to the drawer where I kept all my stuff … and the only thing that was left there was my wedding band.”

Jacobs said his wallet, cellphone, watch and bracelet had also been in the drawer.

At first, Jacobs said, he thought the missing items had simply been misplaced, but then he heard that a second room down the hall had been broken into.

“Basically, just knew right then and there that it was broken into and those were the things that were stolen. There was nothing else missing.”

The next morning, Jacobs said he found window screens lying on the ground outside both his room and the second room where items were also reported missing.

Boyle’s Mayor Don Radmanovich said crimes like this are uncommon in the community, but Jacobs said he heard the hotel had been broken into before.

The ring has a square face with rounded corners, bearing the words “Olympic Champions 2014.” “Brad Jacobs Skip” is inscribed on the ring’s inside surface.
Hoping for ring’s return

“It’s a beautiful ring, something that we love to wear and people love to see, so it’s obviously very valuable to me. It symbolizes every day that I wear it that we are Olympic champions. It’s terrible that I don’t have it anymore.”

When asked, Jacobs said he would rather not say how much the ring was worth, but added its sentimental value was much higher.

“I hope that the idiot that stole it goes ahead and does something even dumber, which is try to get rid of the ring and hopefully it pops up, but I don’t know what anyone would do with that.”

This is not the first time a thief has stolen one of his championship rings. Jacobs said his Brier championship ring was taken from his home in an earlier break-in about a year ago. He later had it replaced.

RCMP are now asking for the public’s help in retrieving the ring.


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