Brad Jacobs, one of Canada’s Olympic curling champions, is missing his Sochi 2014 championship ring after a hotel heist in northern Alberta.
Jacobs was visiting Boyle, Alta., 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. MT 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.
Boyle is about 160 kilometres north of Edmonton.