A local hockey player got a much-appreciated assist from the Nanaimo RCMP.
Brenden Forbes, a former Nanaimo Clippers player, got back a stolen championship ring that he won last year as a member of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Trojans.
The ring was taken from his parents’ car in early May, and this month someone tried to sell it over Craigslist.
“Investigators sent a text to the seller and several days later, the seller … agreed to sell it. Unbeknownst to him, the buyer was a police officer,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, in a press release.
A 27-year-old man was arrested Monday morning at a Bowen Road parking lot. Police are recommending charges of possession of stolen property and a court date has been set for August.
Forbes, a forward, played for the Clippers in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons and was an alternate captain.
“I spent two incredible years with the Clippers, but never won a championship,” Forbes said in the RCMP press release. “This ring is the first and maybe last championship ring I will ever be presented with, so to get it back feels great.”