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2014 Olympic curling champion Brad Jacobs 'thrilled' at return of stolen ring

By: The Canadian Press

 | Jun 27, 2014 - 4:26 PM |
Olympic curler Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie was thrilled when police in Alberta recovered his stolen Winter Olympics ring. File photo

Olympic curler Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie was thrilled when police in Alberta recovered his stolen Winter Olympics ring. File photo

BOYLE, Alta. - Police say Olympic curling champion Brad Jacobs was thrilled when they called him to say his stolen ring from the 2014 Sochi Games had been recovered.

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, who hails from Sault Ste. Marie, 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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