Items belonging to Chicago Bears first-round pick Roquan Smith were recovered in Summerville late Tuesday night.
Smith reported to the Athens-Clarke County Police Department that several prized jerseys and other items were stolen from his 2018 BWM on Saturday. Jerseys from his national championship, Rose Bowl and Taxslayer bowl games as a linebacker with the University of Georgia were taken.
Smith took to social media asking for help in relocating his University of Georgia jerseys and helmet that were taken from his car.
“There were a lot of items taken but none more dear to his heart than his UGA jerseys and helmet,” his aunt posted Tuesday.
Other items taken from Smith’s car included: four pairs of Bose headphones, Bluetooth speakers, a Kyboe watch, a Michael Kors watch, Nike shoes and an iPad containing the Chicago Bears playbook.
The Bears recently picked Smith in the first round of the NFL draft.
“There is no telling how much this stuff is worth. Some of it, like his 2017 National Championship helmet is probably priceless,” Det. Hutchins said.
Athens police found a fingerprint on Smith’s car and traced it to a Summerville teenager who is attending UGA.
Allegedly the teenager confessed that he took some of the items and brought them to his father’s house in Summerville.
Det. Hutchins, Chief Detective Brian Ozment and Summerville Policeman Gary Pruitt went to the teenager’s home and spoke with the father Tuesday night.
“He was shocked,” Det. Hutchins said when the father was informed of the theft. Cops were ushered into the house and immediately found the items sitting in the closet.
The iPad and some of the other items from the theft were not found. Smith’s three jerseys, helmet, Georgia bag, a watch and a couple banners were located in Summerville.
Athens Police were notified of the recovery and immediately sent someone to retrieve the items in Summerville. They arrived around 11:15 p.m. and took possession of the items.
The name of the teenager has not been released. Athens police officials will take warrants for the teen’s arrest, Det. Hutchins said.