Albuquerque boy returns stolen championship ring

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A 10-year-old Albuquerque boy recently found something pretty valuable laying on the floor at a Burlington Coat Factory, and he was determined to get what he found back to the rightful owner. 

“I was just kind of shopping around looking,” said 10-year-old Josiah Lucero. 

He was with his mom at Burlington when he says he saw something gold and shiny on the floor. 

Josiah says when he got home he took a closer look at what he had found. It was a Utah State championship ring. 

“I saw that it said Randy King on it, so then I knew that the ring belonged to someone,” said Josiah. 

He didn’t know who Randy King was, but he would soon find out. 

“His sister did some really good investigative work to find me. I was really amazed,” said Randy King. 

She tracked him down on Facebook. 

Turns out, Randy King is part of a well-known basketball family, his dad is famous Lobo coach, Bob King. 

Randy used to be the graduate assistant coach at Utah State University. 

“We won the conference all three years that I was there,” said Randy King. 

Randy says all three of his rings were locked inside his car when it was stolen from outside his mom’s house a year ago. He says he put them in the car thinking they were safe while they held an open house. 

“It was really disheartening,” said Randy King. 

When he got his car back months later, there was no sign of them. 

King says he never expected to see his rings again. Now at least he’s got one back, and he’s got something else too. 

“This ring now has way more meaning than it did before. I get some renewed faith in society and Josiah, and just know there’s good people out there who want to help you and do the right thing,” said King. 

As for Josiah, he says giving the ring back was the right thing to do. 

“He was very grateful, that probably cheered him up a little,” said Josiah. 

He was right. King says it made his day, and now Josiah has a new friend who he’s pretty impressed with. 

“I never thought I’d meet someone like that,” said Josiah. 

Randy even had a special message for him, “Be yourself and just keep doing the right thing.”

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