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An unlikely happy ending

By Jonathan Okanes
Friday, February 1st, 2008 at 4:24 pm in off-season stuff.

Some of you may have heard about this already, but backup wide receiver Alex Stroud was involved in an unlikely story. Stroud lost his 2006 Holiday Bowl ring and 2006 Pac-10 championship ring when his Berkeley apartment was broken into last summer. He had a lot of other items taken as well, but figured he would never see those rings again.

Then Wednesday, about eight months after the rings were swiped, Stroud received a phone call from an Oakland Police sargeant who said his rings had been found. They turned up when the police busted an operation in which stolen goods were being resold.

Stroud was supposed to go pick up the rings from the police on Friday.

“I had been telling myself that I wasn’t getting anything back,” Stroud said. “I figured they were long gone. I didn’t expect that. They were gone for eight months. I don’t know how many people had it.”

Stroud said at the time of the break-in of his apartment, the police told him it was highly unlikely he’d ever get the rings back. When he got the call Wednesday, it was just a sargeant on the phone leaving a message. All he said was to give him a call back.

“I thought, ‘Oh know. Did I do something wrong?’” Stroud said. “A sargeant is calling me. This isn’t good. Sure enough, he asked me if I had been a victim of a burglary or robbery and lost some rings. He said he had them right there.”

It was easy for the police to return the rings because Stroud’s name and number are inscribed on them.

Stroud said he really never wore the rings, maybe on special occassions. And now?

“I might wear them all the time now. I might even wear them in football games,” Stroud joked.”

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