Dayne victimized in jewelry theft

Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne said June 2 that his Rose Bowl rings, a bracelet commemorating his selection as the top player in college football and other items worth more than $140,000 have been stolen.

The former University of Wisconsin and NFL running back said that his two bowl rings and other jewelry were stolen from his home in the Madison suburb of Waunakee in April.

Last weekend, an apartment in Madison where Dayne lived with a roommate also was burglarized and a bracelet commemorating his Heisman win was taken.

“This could have happened to anybody,” Dayne said when asked whether he thought he was being targeted. “Maybe they got lucky and came in on me, I don’t know.”

Dayne, 32, said he’s going through a divorce and recently moved into an apartment with his longtime friend Charles Slaughter, the owner of Slaughter Motorsports in Madison.

“I honestly think we’re getting targeted,” Slaughter said.

Dayne valued the items taken from his apartment at $40,000. They included a diamond bracelet adorned with red rubies meant to commemorate Dayne’s Heisman Trophy win in 1999. He said it featured his number 33, a red “W” and a likeness of the trophy.

Also reported taken from the apartment were two laptop computers, shoes, liquor, video games and other electronics.

Jewelry and other items taken from his Waunakee home were valued by police at being worth around $100,000.

Police in Waunakee and Madison said they are working together on the case.

(This story originally appeared in the Green Bay Press Gazette)

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