Former NFL lineman and current broadcast analyst Mark May has his two Super Bowl rings back, thanks to an assist from the home of Pawn Stars.
May had the rings from Super Bowls XVII and XXII with him during a charity event in Scottsdale, AZ in February and it was during that time he reported them missing.
According to ABC 15 in Phoenix, a man recently walked into Gold and Silver Pawn in Las Vegas, home of the History Channel show attempting to sell them. An alert employee known as “Diamond Don” suspected something wasn’t right, but asked the man to return at a later date and then called May to see if he’d been attempting to sell the rings. When May said no, Mesa, AZ police got a call from the pawn shop. They identified 43-year-old Marcel Behnert as the man who’d been trying to sell the rings for $12,000 each.
A sting was set up and Behnert was arrested by undercover officers from the LVPD when he came back to the pawn shop with the rings.
“When someone comes in like that, they smell a rat if you don’t have a receipt or if you don’t have a story or proof of ownership,” May told ABC15. “Once (the pawn shop owners) smelled a rat, they turned it over to Diamond Don, and he’s like, ‘No, I know Mark May. I know that he’s not pawning his rings to give them to some guy’.”
May will be reunited with the rings next week.
Police say watches belonging to May were found in a safe at Behnert’s home. He’s been charged with theft and trafficking in stolen property.