Thanks to some quick Internet sleuthing by a Madera County sheriff's deputy, a Tennessee man is getting back his high school football state championship ring that was stolen more than a decade ago.
Madera County sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart said the ring was discovered during a recent probation search in Madera.
The 24 karat ring sported the initials "GCC" and a BGA insignia. Deputy Matthew Kutz decided to search the Internet to try to track down the owner.
Looking up BGA -- the insignia on the ring -- he found Battle Ground Academy, a K-12 prep school in Franklin, Tenn. He then searched for the school's football roster championship team, and found a 1997-98 roster with the name Chris Collins. With some more searching through LinkedIn, he tracked down Grover Christopher Collins -- the "GCC" inscribed on the ring -- who described it to a T.
Collins, an attorney, told deputies his championship ring was taken from his gym bag in Franklin back in either 2001 or 2002. He said it happened so long ago, he never thought he'd get it back.
Stuart said it's unknown how the ring got from Tennessee to Madera County. But the ring is now on its way back to Tennessee, Stuart said, where the Metro Nashville Police Department will hold the ring until Collins claims it.
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