EDMONTON – The RCMP is investigating after Brad Jacobs’ Sochi 2014 Olympic Champions ring was stolen from a motel room in Boyle, Alta.
The curler was visiting Boyle to take part in a charity golf tournament.
The ring was given to Jacobs when Team Canada won gold at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
“It’s something I was hoping to keep forever and like pass down to my kids one day,” Jacobs told Global News. “It symbolizes that we are Olympic Champions, it’s something we could wear every day if we wanted to, for special occasions, it’s something that people love to see and something that we love to wear.
“And just being the only guy on the team now without an Olympic Championship ring just sucks.”
The RCMP says two motel rooms, including Jacobs’, were entered on or between June 20 and 21. The Olympic ring was stolen along with other items.
“This is a rare occurrence in Boyle,” said Mayor Don Radmanovich. “We happen to have a very strong police presence in the Village of Boyle and crimes like this just generally don’t happen in our community.”
It has a square face that is curved around the edges and has the Olympic rings in the centre. The face of the ring is inscribed with the words “Olympic Champions 2014” and the inside is engraved with “Brad Jacobs Skip.”
“The ring has a great amount of sentimental value to Mr. Jacobs,” said Cst. Alex Ayres. “While we continue to investigate the theft, our hope is that the ring be reunited with Mr. Jacobs. We are seeking the public’s assistance in its recovery.”
What would Jacobs say to the person who took it?
“What are you going to do with that thing? It’s got my name on it. And it’s a very specific ring to curling and us, so I don’t know what you could do with something like that, how you would get money for it, but … just give it back. Give it back. Everything else – keep my watch, keep my bracelet, keep my cellphone.”
Jacobs has been in contact with the RCMP and says they have already located his wallet and are returning it to him.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Boyle RCMP at 780-689-3622. Information can also be anonymously reported to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online here.
The Village of Boyle is about 150 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.
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