Neither police nor the Phillies are prepared to say the ring was stolen. Right now, they're calling it, a misplaced ring.
But, this is no ordinary ring, and it was misplaced in a not so ordinary place, the executive offices of the Phillies management by someone in the marketing dept.
Uniformed Philadelphia police officers and detectives were at Citizens Bank Park after an executive reported that his Phillies World Championship ring may have been stolen from a bathroom in the executive suites.
Officials say the front office manager reported the ring missing about 1:15 Monday afternoon. He tells police that he went into the bathroom for office management, took the ring off and placed it on top of a toilet paper dispenser. He then left the office and it wasn't until he was traveling on I-95 that he realized he didn't have the ring. He returned to the office 40 minutes later and discovered the ring was no longer in the bathroom. Police say he was adamant he had left it there.
Was the ring stolen, or could it have been accidentally flushed in the toilet? Police don't know.
Detectives say while the general public does not have access to the offices, cleaning personnel also have access to the suites.
The Phillies 2008 World Series Championship ring is valued at around $15,000. It has 103 diamonds totaling 3.84 karats and made of 14 karat white gold. It is crowned with a ruby inlay topped with the franchise's signature "P". The team, coaches, managers & front office staff all got one.
It is, a prized possession, so when we told some Phillies fans, one of them had been misplaced by a front office manager this is what they had to say.
"What do you mean he lost it, he misplaced it? Why did he take it off for," asked Denise Kay of Roxborough.
"Somebody's a lucky person. I wish it were me," said Lorraine Kay of Manayunk.
"Really, I feel bad for him, but he really shouldn't have taken it off, I wouldn't of," said Jeanette Bottinger of Roxborough.
Police are looking at surveillance tape and interviewing other people who had access to the area.