A 41-year-old man out of Tallahassee named Frank Price found the AEW World Title belt in the middle of the road on Sunday. In new comments made to The Tallahassee Democrat, Price reveals he listed the belt on Craigslist before learning it was stolen and returning it to police.
“It’s pretty comical,” Price said. “It’s like the start for a great screenplay. This story could have gone in so many other funny directions. There are so many funny twists to it.”
“I think I said something like, ‘Whoa, it’s a huge wrestling belt, check this thing out!’ ” Price said. “I never would have guessed that if I had a lifetime of guesses.”
“At that time there was nothing in the news about anything being lost or stolen,” said Price, assistant director of the Florida Natural Areas Inventory at Florida State University. “So we thought it was just a replica or a costume or something like that.”
Price listed the belt under Lost & Found on Craigslist Tallahassee. “I found a pro wrestling championship belt on hwy 20 Sunday afternoon,” the ad said. “Contact me with details and you can come get it.” He also texted photos of the belt to his brother and a friend.
Once he realized he had stolen property, he called the Tallahassee Police Department and was told to bring it in. He handed it over to police on Wednesday.
“I was joking that there would be investigators following me around,” Price said. “I figure the best approach is to just tell the truth and have fun with the whole thing.”
“I think what happened is they just set it on the trunk of the limo and it just fell off,” he said. “The only other possibility is that it was part of a pro-wrestling plot setup. They need all the publicity they can get.”
Jericho tweeted the following about the title belt being found:
BREAKING NEWS! @AEWrestling champion #ChrisJericho recovers the #AEW title belt HIMSELF, in less than 24 hours!! Awaits much deserved THANK YOU from the entire AEW fan base & roster… #LeChampion #ALittleBitOfTheBubbly pic.twitter.com/6IsuiuCfIv
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) September 5, 2019