Someone burglarized the home of Keith Langford's mother, Charlene Taylor, on Sunday stealing Keith's two Final Four rings, two Big 12 championship rings and NCAA tournament and preseason NIT watches.
"Those rings, I mean, that's stuff that I worked real hard for," Langford told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "They can't be replaced. That's what has me real upset."
It appeared someone entered the house by breaking a bathroom window, police told the Star-Telegram. The burglar chained the family's black Labrador retriever to a post in the back yard before going in, the paper reported.
Langford's mother said her fiance had stayed with her 13-year-old son while she flew to Lexington, Ky., for the Kansas-Kentucky game, one in which Langford suffered a concussion.
Her fiance took her son to a restaurant about 7 p.m. Sunday, she said. When they returned at 9 p.m., they found a back gate open and the window broken.
The burglar took a computer, a DVD player, DVDs, a Sony PlayStation and games, a small TV, jewelry, a collection of athletic jerseys and all of Langford's basketball rings and awards.
"Someone took their time," Taylor told the Star-Telegram. "They had to know I was out of town at the game because they took a lot."
Taylor said she had recently brought all her son's rings and awards home with her after seeing them lying around Langford's dorm room.
Langford said he suspects the burglar knew whose house he or she was breaking into.
"I don't believe someone just stumbled into it," Langford said. "My family has lived down there for a long time, and everyone there knows us."