Temple: Two sought in connection with theft of championship rings

Published: Sep. 13, 2017 at 1:02 PM CDT
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Investigators are looking for two men in connection with the theft of state championship rings intended for members of the Academy High School softball team.

A box containing two-dozen rings worth about $7,500 was stolen Thursday evening from a coach's vehicle at an apartment complex in Temple.

Police Wednesday identified the two men sought in connection with the investigation as Brendon Bolsins, 28, who’s believed to be in the Belton area, and Marcus Knotts, “who is believed to be homeless and hanging around the Avenue G area in Temple,” a press release said.

No further details were provided.

The rings, which were to have been presented to the team members at the Academy High School game last Friday, were paid for with donations.

District officials said the ring ceremony will be rescheduled for a later date.

The district has contacted the ring supplier to determine the options for replacement.

The rings were taken last Thursday night from coach Gus Beuershausen’s unlocked truck parked at the Villas on the Hill apartments in the 2500 block of South 31st Street in Temple.

“It was an accident,” he said, “a very stupid and embarrassing accident.”

In June, the Lady Bees made program history with a 5-3 win over Santa Gertrudis Academy to claim the 3A State Softball Championship.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call the Temple Police Department at (254) 298-5500 or Bell County Crime Stoppers at (254) 526-TIPS.