Former Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith probably could have bought replacements for many of the items allegedly stolen from him with the money he’ll make in the NFL.
Instead, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department was able to recover some of those things.
Last week, the officer who helped with the investigation received a thank-you note from an unlikely source in Smith’s new NFL team, the Chicago Bears.
The letter, which seems to have the official Bears logo at the top, was written by Bears director of security John Tarpey.
“Thank you all for helping Roquan recover his stolen items,” the letter reads. “They would have been irreplaceable. We have you covered in Chicago. You all are the best.”
The Facebook post also includes a photo of officer Marcus McQuien, who lifted fingerprints from Smith’s vehicle which led to the recovery of the items, according to the post.
The alleged theft occurred roughly three weeks ago. While some of Smith’s game-worn items were recovered, it appears some electronic items are still missing.
Smith also issued a tweet thanking the department for their help. Landyn Shane Durham, 20, has been identified as the suspect after turning himself in. He was then released on $22,000 bond.
The Bears selected Smith with the eighth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.