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RCMP recover Olympic ring stolen from motel

By The Canadian Press

BOYLE, Alta. - An Olympic curling champion is breathing a sigh of relief after RCMP in Boyle, Alta., recovered his championship ring from the 2014 Sochi Games.

The ring belonging to Brad Jacobs was stolen from a motel room while Jacobs was taking part in a charity golf tournament last weekend.

Late Thursday, RCMP announced the engraved ring had been recovered and a 22-year-old woman from High Prairie, Alta., was in custody.

Cpl. John Spaans said a 22-year-old man from Calling Lake, Alta., was being sought.

Spaans said the two suspects were identified as the result of tips from the public and video surveillance.

He said other personal items belonging to Jacobs and another theft victim were also recovered.

"The number of tips we received from the public during the course of this investigation was tremendous," said Sgt. Kevin McGillivray. "This theft was solved by a community pulling together saying we won't stand for this type of behaviour."

Jacobs had been heart-broken about the theft, saying he had hoped to someday pass the ring down to his children.

He had pleaded with the thieves to give it back.

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