Stolen ring recovered after 7 years

Wednesday, February 8th 2006, 11:57 am
By: News On 6

An item that was stolen years ago in Tulsa turned up online recently. And it's going back to the owner, but only after some good luck and good police work came together to help a baseball recruiter get a prized momento back on his finger.

News on 6 reporter Emory Bryan says it's a massive ring with a story to tell. Its a 1990 Oakland A's American League Championship Ring.

It was stolen in Tulsa while a talent scout, John Kanazas, was in town on a recruiting trip. "It was taken out of my suitcase. Clothes at the same time." It turned up on E-bay at Christmas - having just sold for $2,400. The sale was noticed by a friend of the original owner - who called Tulsa Police. Tulsa Police Sgt. Tim Stadler: "It's 7 years later, and if it could talk."

Sgt. Tim Stadler tracked it down in Canada - and got it back. Kazanas hadn't given up hope the ring would turn up - after all it's got his name right on the side. "I just thought with a name on it, who's going to pretend to be a Greek guy?”

Tulsa Police are just happy it all worked out, and don't often have the pleasure of returning something like this to the original owner. “We're talking 7 years later."

Tulsa Police plan to ship it to the owner in a few days. Canadian authorities are tracking it's history, but so far haven't determined where it's been for the last seven years.