Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Man arrested after sellling Maya Moore's gold medal ring at mall

Maya Moore's Olympic ring from winning gold in London may soon find its rightful owner after police arrested a man who sold it at an Atlanta area jewelry store.

Moore, a former standout at the University of Connecticut and current member of the Minnesota Lynx, helped Team USA win the gold-medal during last year's Olympic Games. However, a package that was supposed to contain her ring never made it to her possession. Moore reported it missing last fall, according to police.

Apparently, the ring had fallen into the hands of 19-year-old Jamaal Dontray Taylor, who eventually sold the ring for a mere $144 in November. Taylor claimed that he was an Olympic gold medalist, and even provided identification to the jeweler.

The jeweler didn't buy his story and decided to investigate. Police arrested Taylor on Dec. 14 and charged him with theft by receiving stolen property, a felony, and theft by deception, a misdemeanor. Taylor's arrest violated probation in a different case and the teenager remains in jail as of Tuesday.

This story has a happy ending, though. The ring will likely be returning to Moore after the ordeal.

Via The Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

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