Thieves steal $30,000 in memorabilia from Carlos Dunlap's dad

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Carols Dunlap's father is pleading for the return of his son's football memorabilia, including his national championship football ring and several autographed Bengals jerseys.

They were priceless items gifted to a father from his son.

"He bought me one and his mother one. It's like a football jersey; you wear it around your neck with black diamonds. The back of it has his name on it, the front has his number," said Carlos Dunlap Sr., father of Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap Jr.

Dunlap says last week his house was broken into.

"The most precious was my son's national championship ring. It was a Florida Gator ring," said Dunlap.

The 2008 National Championship ring has the 13-1 season on one side and the name Dunlap on the other side. Dunlap said his son gave it to him as a gift after the big game.

"He said, 'If it hadn't been for you, I wouldn't have got this ring. So, the first ring goes to you,'" said Dunlap.

Dunlap believes the thieves got away with about $30,000 worth of jewelry and electronics. He says they also took several autographed Bengals jerseys and signed photos.

Dunlap said he has no idea who did it.

"With the line of work I do, anybody could have done it, even someone I locked up in jail," said Dunlap.

The bailbonds man suspects the persons responsible knew where he lived. The North Charleston police report also lists a stolen video surveillance system.

"It's not a comfortable feeling, but I do plan on increasing security," said Dunlap.

Dunlap says the thieves took another of his son's athletic rings, but he's hopeful someone will see the photo and just return the National Championship ring.