Brad Jacobs's Olympic ring found by RCMP, 1 in custody
RCMP cite 'tremendous number of tips' after ring commemorating Sochi gold was stolen from Alberta motel
RCMP say a "community pulling together" helped them recover the Sochi Olympic ring belonging to curler Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and take one person into custody, a week after it was stolen from the Alberta motel room where he was staying for a charity golf tournament.
Jacobs, skip of the Canadian men's team that won gold at the Sochi Winter Olympics earlier this year, had reported his ring, wallet, cellphone, watch and bracelet were stolen from the motel room while he was in Boyle, Alta., north of Edmonton on June 20 and 21.
RCMP had asked for the public's help in locating the ring.
After receiving a number of tips and reviewing video surveillance tapes, police identified two suspects.
They found the ring, along with other items belonging to Jacobs and another person, in a local residence Thursday night.
"The number of tips we received from the public during the course of this investigation was tremendous," Sgt. Kevin McGillivray, Boyle detachment commander, said in a news release.
"This theft was solved by a community pulling together saying we won't stand for this type of behaviour."
A 22-year-old woman from High Prairie, Alta. is in custody. Police are looking for a 22-year-old man from Calling Lake.
Curler says ring holds sentimental value
After the ring was stolen, Jacobs wouldn't say what it was worth, but stressed that its sentimental value was important to him.
“It’s a beautiful ring, something that we love to wear and people love to see, so it’s obviously very valuable to me," he had said. "It symbolizes every day that I wear it that we are Olympic champions.”
Jacobs's ring sports a square face with curved edges and bears an image of the Olympic rings in the centre.
The face of the ring is inscribed with the words, “Olympic Champions 2014.” On the inside, a customized engraving reads “Brad Jacobs Skip.”