In an update from our earlier reports, two men from Ottumwa, Iowa have been charged with stealing TNA Wrestling’s World Heavyweight Championship belt last month.
Sources from the professional wrestling organization tell TMZ.com that the belt was stolen Aug. 18th in Ottumwa, Iowa prior to a live event while a stagehand was unloading props from his truck.
One of the suspects grabbed the belt, valued at $6,000, and a $400 replica, when the stagehand wasn’t looking. The suspect and his accomplice were later identified by police using surveillance footage.
Joel Luke, 33, and Forrest Jamison, 39, were arrested Wednesday before posting bail and being released. Luke was charged with 2nd-degree theft and Jamison was charged with accessory. Luke’s bail was set at $5,000 while Jamison’s was set at $3,000.
Though TMZ.com reports the belts have since been returned to TNA Wrestling, a source says they are being held as evidence by Ottumwa Police Department.