A bad day turned out OK for Bill Shepard. The legendary 79-year-old University of Nebraska groundskeeper was the victim of a burglary Monday. It happened while he was at a local hospital visiting a son who has lung cancer. Taken were several guns, but also a collection of 31 valuable Nebraska bowl game rings, championship rings and watches.
Police got on the case, got a tip and early Tuesday evening, they arrested a suspect who had some of the stolen items in his possession, according to police. Tarique Jackson, 20, of Lincoln, now faces burglary charges.
The rings included one from the Huskers’ 1970 championship season and were worth thousands of dollars, although the rings had Shepard’s name engraved inside and would be difficult to sell without melting them down.
The Journal-Star has the latest on the case, while KLKN-TV came out before the arrest, to hear what was then a pretty sad tale about a loyal employee losing memorabilia he never thought he’d see again: