Randy Ferbey releases a rock at the 2005 Brier, wearing his now missing jacket. (CP)
It has eight purple hearts on it and has great sentimental value.
Randy Ferbey got those hearts on his jacket - that's now been stolen - the hard way. Eight trips to The Brier got him those hearts. Hearts that curlers wear, literally, as badges of honour.
Understandably, Ferbey would like that jacket back.
"There really is no value to the person that took the jacket, but it is one-of-a-kind, there's nothing like it in all of sports, quite frankly," Ferbey told Edmonton radio station iNEWS 880.
The RCMP is willing to part with up to $2,000.00 to help retrieve it.
According to a story in the Edmonton Sun, Ferbey's prized jacket was taken from a car in Sherwood Park, Alberta, back on March 11th or 12th.
From a Strathcona County RCMP media release:
Sometime during the evening hours of Monday, March 11, 2013 and the morning hours of Tuesday, March 12, 2013 a valuable clothing item was stolen from a vehicle which had been parked in the Clarkdale Meadows neighborhood of Sherwood Park. The item is a described as a Team Alberta Curling Jacket, blue in color with yellow trim and eight purple hearts sewn on the left sleeve. The jacket is personalized with the name "FERBEY" (jacket belongs to Randy Ferbey) embroidered across the back.
Ferbey's right, of course, about the jacket having no real value to the thief. Unless you're happy to keep the thing hidden from everybody you can't really use it. It's not like someone not named Randy Ferbey can wear it around without being busted. (One can only hope the perpetrator is either that bold or that stupid)
Ferbey knows that the jacket could have been kept safe, oddly enough, if he didn't care so much about it. He wears it when asked to take part in things such as opening ceremonies and the like.
"The ironic thing is, yes, this would be in the Curling Hall of Fame," Ferbey told iNEWS. "But there's not a chance in heck that they would ever get this jacket because it's very close to my heart."
Again, Crime Stoppers is offering up to two large for information leading to an arrest in this case, which would hopefully dovetail with the recovery of the blue and yellow jacket, adorned with purple hearts all over.
The Crime Stoppers toll free number is: 1-800-222-8477. Local number: 780-467-7741.
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