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KELLER (CBSDFW.COM)- Keller police tell us they know who stole a coach’s six priceless championship rings from his pickup.
They’ve issued an arrest warrant for Yamini Ramadan. They issued that warrant just hours after reuniting the coach with his precious rings thanks to the help of many viewers who saw surveillance video on TV.
“I got em back,” Roger Benefield said as he stared at the six large rings adorning fingers on both his hands.
Benefield couldn’t stop staring at his six, precious rings dating back to his Southwest Conference championship as a player in 1974 and spanning his coaching career.
“I thought there ain’t no way I’ll get them back,” he said.
But Benefield hadn’t counted on the response from viewers when we aired this surveillance video. It shows a man asking Benefield for money just before going into his truck and stealing the priceless rings.
“The day it happened I was angry,” Benefield said. “I was really angry.”
Benefield stayed angry until viewers started flooding police with tips. One of them, police say, was a Good Samaritan who said she not only knew the crook, she knew where he stashed the rings. She retrieved the rings and gave them to police. Benefield’s daughter told him something he says restored his faith in people.
“Daddy I told you you were going to get your rings back, she said, but I didn’t do it, people got your back,” Benefied said as paused for several seconds with cheers rolling down his cheeks. “And that’s the thing I want to say. Thank you to everyone that help me out. I can’t put it into words. I don’t know the words. But, man! This is unbelievable thing for an old fat guy from West Texas.”