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Mark May to recover Super Bowl rings thanks to ‘Pawn Stars’ crew

Mark May will be back in possession of his two Super Bowl rings in short order, and all the credit can go to the suspicious sleuthing by folks associated with a reality TV show about pawn shops.

May, an offensive lineman who won two Super Bowls in the 1980s with the Washington Redskins, recently relayed how the crew from “Pawn Stars,” a popular series on HISTORY, helped police entrap a hotel employee who came into their store with May’s two Super Bowl rings.

May was last in possession of the rings at charity event in Scottsdale, Ariz., in February. He later discovered the rings missing from his room at a Phoenix hotel, whose lead engineer, 43-year-old Marcel Behnert, later attempted to pawn the jewelry at Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas.

Mesa police have since indicated Behnert was attempting to sell the two stolen rings for $12,000. Diamond Don, who assists the pawn shop in sports memorabilia, sensed something off about Behnert and decided to reach out to May about the rings.

“When someone comes in like that, they smell a rat if you don’t have a receipt or if you don’t have a story or proof of ownership,” May told Phoenix’s ABC15, via Reuters. “Once (the pawn shop owners) smelled a rat, they turned it over to Diamond Don, and he’s like, ‘No, I know Mark May. I know that he’s not pawning his rings to give them to some guy.’

“The bottom line of the story is the integrity of the guys on Pawn Stars for what they do and their due diligence. When you watch their show, they say, ‘If you don’t have proof, we don’t want it.’”

Police lured Behnert back to the pawn shop, where he was arrested by undercover officers and charged with theft and trafficking in stolen property. The rings were later discovered in a safe in his home.

May expects to retrieve his rings from police sometime next week.

“I thought they were gone forever,” May said.