SAN ANTONIO - The nephew of former San Antonio Spurs player Johnny Moore
has been arrested and charged with theft after investigators say he stole his uncle's NBA Championship rings.
Moore contacted police on or about August 2nd after he said he discovered his two championship rings and his University of Texas college ring had been stolen from his home. Moore said he made the discovery after he had allowed his nephew, 33-year-old Jason Witherspoon, to stay at the home.
Investigators say they found evidence that Witherspoon sold the college ring at a local pawn shop and the two NBA championship rings at two local jewelry stores. They were able to recover all three of the rings. The rings are valued at nearly $34,000. Investigators say each ring had been pawned for less than $1,000.
Witherspoon is charged with Theft $20,000 to $100,000. He was booked Tuesday and later released on bond.
The rings have been returned to Moore, who had 3,865 assists in nine seasons with the Spurs.