I-Team: Police search for thief who stole box of St.Ignatius championship rings

CLEVELAND- The FOX 8 I-Team is trying to get justice for a well-known teacher and athletic trainer at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland.

Someone broke into the home of Hank Gaughan in the West Park neighborhood and stole 25 championship rings.

Gaughan collected the rings over three decades at St. Ignatius as the school won titles in football, soccer, and other sports.

Sometime Wednesday, someone broke in through a side door of Gaughan’s home and left after taking the rings plus almost nothing else. He said, “I looked right up on the dresser, and I went, ‘ugh, they got my rings’. It's just when you look at the rings, you remember each championship game. And you know the kids that played there."

Gaughan is hoping someone has a conscience and returns the rings.

A neighbor had seen a strange man in the area hours before the crime was discovered.

We went to a local pawn shop, Odyssey Jewelers. Folks there say Cleveland police had already called asking them to be on the lookout in case anyone comes in with those rings.  The pawn shop would love to catch a thief and help get those rings back. Kathleen Gehalo said,

“It's gonna be valuable if its gold. It'll be less valuable, if its silver.  But the sentimental value, you can't put a price on that. if they come in here, we'll do our best to get em."

Hank Gaughan even has a message for anybody involved in the crime. He said "It's just, I want my rings back. Please return ‘em. No questions asked."

Cleveland Police First District detectives are investigating.