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Two arrested in theft of Kelly mementos<br> Former Bills quarterback's Hall of Fame ring was stolen from his home in 2009

Two men, including one serving time for a burglary, were arrested Friday for stealing several-thousand dollars worth of memorabilia owned by Hall of Fame Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, East Aurora Police said.

Kevin S. Sapp, 36, and Eric Schmidt, 34, are charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, both felonies, in the August 2009 theft at Kelly's Town of Aurora home. Sapp was additionally charged with trespass, police said.

Items taken in the theft include Kelly's 2002 NFL Hall of Fame ring along with his "Ring of Honor" he received from the University of Miami, police said. Both rings and other memorabilia were later recovered, police said.

The rings, according to the Associated Press, were in a briefcase that was stolen from Kelly's vehicle while it was parked at his home.

"Without the cooperation and information from Orchard Park Police and the Erie County Sheriff's Department, this arrest would not have been possible," said East Aurora Police Detective Rick Daminski.

Sapp and Schmidt have had previous brushes with the law. According to public records, each has had previous financial problems. Sapp, a former resident of Seneca Street in South Buffalo, began serving a two- to four-year sentence at Oneida Correctional Facility last March for felony attempted burglary and grand larceny. Before that, Sapp spent 28 months in prison for grand larceny before his December 2007 parole, state correctional records show.

Details of those incidents were not immediately available. However, Buffalo Police reports indicate Sapp was a suspect in a Jan. 3, 2003, burglary at a Parkview Avenue apartment where coins valued at several hundred dollars were taken, along with a PlayStation 2 and video games.

Public records show Sapp has had nine liens or judgments against him for nearly $50,000 -- eight of them for state tax delinquency totaling more than $38,600 -- dating back to 1999. State tax warrants were issued against Sapp every year between 2006 and 2009.

Schmidt, meanwhile, had a $1,889 judgment against him from a Rochester-area creditor in late 2005, records show.

Court records also show Schmidt, of Seneca Street in West Seneca, had been convicted and sentenced to time served in a 2001 case for facilitating the aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Schmidt was arraigned in Aurora Town Court and is scheduled to return for another court appearance on Feb. 16.

Sapp is expected to be returned to East Aurora for arraignment, police said.


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