A former security guard has admitted he stole three of the Los Angeles Lakers’ championship rings and has been sentenced to jail, the LA County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.
Mejia Eddie Monterroso was arrested in December after investigators began probing a theft from the Lakers training facility in El Segundo, where Monterroso had been working for about a year.
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Championship rings from the Lakers’ 2009 and 2010 wins, as well as $20,000 in gift cards, had been missing, according to police. Detectives said they found “evidence of the theft,” including championship rings, at Monterroso’s home in Inglewood.
The 23-year-old security guard pleaded no contest to grand theft of personal property. He was sentenced to 180 days in county jail and three years of probation. He has also been ordered to pay nearly $14,000 in restitution.
The former security guard was convicted of stealing the rings and hundreds of gift cards from the Lakers’ office while he worked the night shift between Oct. 24 and Dec. 5, 2013.