Former Saskatchewan Roughrider star Matt Dominguez was missing the memento of his playing days after leaving it in the centre console of his vehicle. He had taken the ring off and, in the rush of the day, forgot he had left it behind.
When he returned to his vehicle he noticed someone had gone through his things and taken the 2007 ring.
On Monday, Dominguez was at the police station to pick up his missing ring, and a watch, after police reported they had recovered the ring from the suspect in another investigation.
Details on that, and charges, were announced by police Monday.
According to police, on Sunday morning officers were in a home on the 500 block of Victoria Avenue in Regina, following up on another investigation, when they found an occupant who was wanted on outstanding charges.
When that man was booked into cells, officers noticed he had a distinctive ring in one of his pockets.
Officers knew that Matt Dominguez had reported his ring stolen, and put two and two together.
Ultimately, their investigation led them to lay charges against the man they booked. The 44-year-old is accused of possession of stolen property.
Police also say a 16-year-old boy is involved, and they have laid charges against the youth relating to the ring.
The allegations don't stop with the Grey Cup ring.
Police said the youth may have been involved in a stabbing in Regina early Sunday morning and faces charges over that.
As well, two people from Regina — in the same house where the 44-year-old man was found — are facing charges relating to theft of a vehicle and possession of stolen hockey equipment.
Dominguez said he has learned to be careful with his things.
"I tell my kids to make sure their rooms are clean and to be responsible with certain things," he said. "And for the one time that I'm absent-minded, it gets me."