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Feb 18, 2012 1:22 PM by Sharlee Barriere

LSU Championship Rings Taken in Break-in

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) - Sheriff's deputies in Livingston Parish are investigating the theft of two dozen LSU championship rings taken from the home of an assistant athletics director.

The Advocate reported (http://bit.ly/xue8Qp) the theft happened in December from the home of Kevin Wagner. Deputies announced the incident this past week.

Included is the 2007 ring from LSU's football national championship, which Wagner said is the most valuable to sports memorabilia dealers.

Wagner said he was shocked to return home and find the rings gone, and says he has little hope of recovering them.

"I got a hollow feeling in the pit of my stomach," said Wagner. "I just stood there looking. I couldn't believe they were gone."

Included among the 24 stolen rings was the prized 2007 ring from the football team's national championship, which Wagner said is the most valuable to sports memorabilia dealers.

Perry Rushing, chief of operations at the Sheriff's Office, said that at Wagner's request, investigators didn't publicly report the theft earlier in hopes the thief might be caught trying to pawn or sell the rings to dealers who had been notified of the theft.

The rings commemorate national titles, bowl games, men's basketball championships, women's basketball Final Four tournaments and baseball championships, the Sheriff's Office reported.

The collection is valued at more than $50,000, Rushing said.

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