Watch above: A man charged in connection with the theft of an Olympic ring has been sentenced.
EDMONTON – A 23-year-old man has been sentenced to one year in jail after Canadian curling champion Brad Jacobs’ Olympic ring was stolen from an Alberta motel room in June.
RCMP say Terrell Cardinal pleaded guilty earlier this week to two counts of break and enter. Cardinal was also ordered to pay a $200 victim surcharge for his involvement in the theft of Jacobs’ ring.
The engraved jewellery was stolen from a motel room in Boyle, where the gold-medal winning skip was taking part in a charity golf tournament.
The ring was given to Jacobs when Team Canada won gold at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
The ring was recovered by RCMP a few days later.
Jacobs says the whole ordeal has taught him to be a bit more careful with his belongings.
“This was a situation where the motel was broken into, there’s really nothing I can do about that – but still, it makes me maybe a little bit more paranoid about what I do with my belongings from now on,” Jacobs said.
“You just never know what might happen.”
Officers say other property was also stolen over the weekend, which has been returned to their rightful owners.
“Our ultimate goal was to recover the stolen property and see it returned to the victims,” said Cst. Alex Ayres with Boyle RCMP.
“We are pleased to see this investigation come to a conclusion with a successful prosecution in court.”
A 22-year-old has also been charged in the investigation. She is scheduled to make her first court appearance on August 26.
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