A twisted triple play led one long-time Blue Jays executive to finally get his two stolen team rings back some 23 years later after they vanished.
The long-time staffer, who asked not to be named, told CityNews Monday he is overjoyed the two rings are now back in his family’s possession almost a quarter century after thieves broke into his Mississauga home.
“It’s actually great, the rings mean a lot, obviously, so it’s a nice relief,” he said.
The two rings, an authentic 1992 Toronto Blue Jays World Series Championship ring and a Toronto Blue Jays Anniversary ring, were stolen out of the man’s Mississauga home in the middle of the day on April 13th, 1994.
The man explains his home was one of a number that were robbed that year as part of a series of break and enters where the thieves were apparently targeting Chrysler minivans.
The thieves walked off with a number of his belongings, including the two rings, but they were never recovered despite police arresting and charging the burglars some time later.
It appeared to be game over, but then came some extra innings of sorts.
“What happened on this case, about a week or 10 days ago, I got contacted by a former employee who had it on Kijiji and one of the rings was identified as mine, because my name was actually on it,” he said.
His son then reached out to the seller who revealed she bought four boxes as part of an auction after the owner of a storage unit failed to pay their bill.
“It was a woman who actually knew nothing about baseball,” the staffer said. “She actually bought four cases of stuff… she had no idea what was in it for $31 at some auction. I guess when she decided to empty it she discovered the rings in a sock.”
A quick phone call to police and the rings were back in the former executive’s possession in no time.
“When I first saw the text from my colleague that they’d seen it on Kijiji, I sort of laughed,” he said. “I knew [police] initially caught the guys, so I had no idea how’d they’d showed up and how they got them. I sort of never really anticipated seeing them again.”
All because of one good catch online.