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01/04/2012 05:14 pm ET

Brian Edward McDonald Arrested: Man Busted For Selling Stolen 1996 Olympics Torch

Let this story serve as a warning to all of the torchbearers selected for the upcoming 2012 Olympics in London. Keep an eye on those torches. They're quite valuable and someone could attempt to swipe it.

Perhaps, someone like Brian Edward McDonald. The 43-year-old was arrested and charged with felony larceny for stealing a relay torch from the 1996 Olympics after he had sold it at a pawn shop in Asheville, N.C. for $200, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports. The torch was said to be valued at $15,000 and it had belonged to cyclist Andrew Crater, who carried it from Greensboro to Winston-Salem.

Olympics memorabilia seems to be highly coveted. Just last month, three-time Olympic swimmer Phil Rogers of Australia had his Olympic medley relay bronze medal from the 1996 Games stolen from his home.

In January of 2011, Tristan Gale Geisler -- winner of the women's skeleton at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics -- said that her medal and Olympic ring were stolen from her during a break-in at her Southern California home.

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