NFL Legend's Jewelry Returned to Mother - - Jackson, MS

Jackson 01/12/06

NFL Legend's Jewelry Returned to Mother

The jewelry that N.F.L football legend Walter Payton left his mother when he died in 1999 has been returned to its rightful owner.

The majority of the jewelry, worth about $150,000, was returned to Alyne Payton Thursday at the Jackson Police Department. It was stolen last July.

Shelby County, Tennessee deputies helped Jackson police arrest Andrew Thrash in Frayser, Tennessee on Tuesday. Police say Thrash and his female accomplice posed as federal agents to gain access to Mrs. Payton's home and her treasures. One of her most cherished possessions is a special medallion that she quickly put on.

Thrash is scheduled to be extradited back to Mississippi Thursday.

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