Ring belts stolen from IBHOF in 2015 presumed misplaced after arrests are made


A decades-long sequence of thefts in a couple of Northeastern US states has been apparently solved. And that brings potential dangerous information for a gaggle of priceless sports activities and humanities memorabilia and artifacts picked up throughout that lengthy raid.

Amongst these objects had been a number of boxing championship belts stolen from the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame in Canastota, New York, together with a couple of Ring journal championship belts belonging to former welterweight and middleweight champion Carmen Basilio and former middleweight champion Tony Zale.

In accordance with regulation enforcement, the suspects transported the stolen items again to northeastern Pennsylvania and melted many of the metal-based memorabilia right down to make it simply transportable in metallic discs or bars. The championship belts are believed to have suffered that destiny.

9 individuals have been charged with stealing important paintings and sports activities memorabilia for over 20 years. Nicholas Dombek, age 53, of Thornhurst, Pennsylvania, Damien Boland, age 47, of Moscow, Pennsylvania, Alfred Atsus, age 47, of Covington Township, Pennsylvania, and Joseph Atsus, age 48, of Roaring Brook, Pennsylvania had been indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to commit theft of main paintings, concealment or disposal of objects of cultural heritage, and interstate transportation of stolen property, in line with a number of information experiences within the areas the place the thefts and arrests occurred. A number of extra are beneath investigation.

Dombek stays at massive. Anybody with data on his whereabouts is requested to contact the FBI by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI or TIPS.FBI.GOV.

The listing of things stolen by this group vary from baseball participant Christy Mathewson’s jersey to portray by Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock had been stolen in 2005 from the Everhart Museum in Scranton and a lot of championship rings belonging to Yogi Berra.

These rings alone would fetch properly over $1,000,000 within the open market, however the suspicion is that the gang selected to keep away from the chance of being caught by melting all treasured metals and extracting all treasured stones and promoting these within the open market.

The Ring belts stolen from the IBHOF are presumed to be in that group of artifacts.

“It’s with a heavy coronary heart that I announce that the Deliver Again The Belts ‘marketing campaign’ is now over,” wrote Haley Zale, actress and relative to Tony Zale who labored tirelessly to retrieve these household heirlooms throughout all these years, in a Fb submit.  “’Closure’ is only a phrase. The sensation runs deeper. The belts are gone. However the grime luggage are lastly stopped!”


Diego M. Morilla writes for The Ring since 2013. He has additionally written for HBO.com, ESPN.com and plenty of different magazines, web sites, newspapers and retailers since 1993. He’s a full member of the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America and an elector for the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame. He has gained two first-place awards within the BWAA’s annual writing contest, and he’s the moderator of The Ring’s Ladies’s Scores Panel. He served as copy editor for the second period of The Ring en Español (2018-2020) and is at present a author and editor for RingTV.com.


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