Two stolen Super Bowl rings were recovered when the thief tried to sell them to the Las Vegas pawn shop featured on the show “Pawn Stars,” authorities said.
Marcel Behnert, 43, allegedly swiped the rings while working at a Sheraton Hotel in Tempe, Arizona, which hosted NFL star and two-time Super Bowl champ Mark May in February, news station KTVK reported.
When May returned home, he realized that the prized rings and other jewelry were missing, authorities said.
Two months later, his belongings were found in the room’s safe and given to Behnert, who was the hotel’s lead engineer, news station ABC15 reported.
But instead of returning the valuable rings, Behnert allegedly drove to Gold & Silver Pawn in Las Vegas, where he attempted to sell them for $12,000, authorities said.
The next day, May received a call from the “Pawn Stars” sports memorabilia collector known as Diamond Don about the rings engraved with the former Washington Redskins player’s name and jersey number.
“When someone comes in like that, they smell a rat if you don’t have a receipt or if you don’t have a story or proof of ownership,” May told ABC15. “Once [the pawn shop owners] smelled a rat, they turned it over to Diamond Don, and he’s like, ‘No, I know Mark May. I know that he’s not pawning his rings to give them to some guy.”
The “Pawn Stars” shop worked with authorities to have Behnert come into the store under the pretense of a transaction.
Behnert arrived at the store on July 3 and later was arrested on charges of theft and trafficking in stolen property.
“The bottom line of the story is the integrity of the guys on Pawn Stars for what they do and their due diligence. When you watch their show, they say, ‘If you don’t have proof, we don’t want it,’” May told ABC15.
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