If you’ve ever watched “Pawn Stars” on the History Channel, you’ve no doubt seen them say, “If you don’t have proof, we don’t want it.” Mark May knows they mean it. To review, May played for the Washington Redskins, where he won two Super Bowls – and more recently, he’s become an analyst for ESPN. While working a charity event in Scottsdale, Arizona, his two championship rings went missing…and he thought they were gone for good.
Fast forward and May got a call from “Diamond Don” from the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas (that’s the shop where “Pawn Stars” on the History Channel’s based out of). It seems Don “smelled a rat” when a guy came into the store looking to sell the rings.
The first tip-off was the asking price. The thief wanted $12-thousand for both rings…total. General manager Andy Zimmerman issued a counteroffer to see if the seller would bite…and he did…which confirmed the deal was dirty. From there, cops were called, and the seller was asked to come back to finalize the same day. That’s when undercover police nabbed Marcel Behnert, who worked as an employee for the hotel May was staying at when the rings were swiped.
May credits getting his rings back to “luck…good police work…the integrity of the “Pawn Stars” guys…and the greed and stupidity of” Behnert. << see audio to right >>
Source: ABC 15