2009-09-10 / Local & State

Police Find World Series Ring In Janitor's Closet

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Something about the janitor's story didn't ring true when he led police to a diamond-laden World Series keepsake that had gone missing.

The $15,000 ring commemorating the Philadelphia Phillies' 2008 world championship disappeared after a team marketing executive removed it in a Citizens Bank Park restroom on Monday, when the team was off. He returned to retrieve it 30 minutes later, but it was gone.

Police Capt. Laurence Nodiff (NOH'-dif) said Wednesday surveillance tapes led them to a janitor, who took officers to the ring. It was found wrapped in a paper towel and stashed in the janitor's supply closet, Nodiff said.

The ring, which has 103 diamonds, was initially considered missing, not stolen. But police say charges are expected against the janitor, who works for a subcontractor.

Nodiff said the janitor may have hidden the ring in the closet because he had second thoughts about taking it.

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