IndyCar driver Townsend Bell asks fans to be on lookout for his stolen Indy 500 rings

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) -For the first time Monday, we're seeing the damage done by thieves that broke into an IndyCar driver's home while he was thousands of miles away.

Townsend Bell was competing at Daytona when his wife and children found a glass door shattered their house in Los Angeles.

Watches like this Rolex were among the items stolen from Townsend Bell's home. (Submitted photo)
Watches like this Rolex were among the items stolen from Townsend Bell's home. (Submitted photo)

The burglars ransacked the place along with four other homes in his neighborhood.


Bell tweeted that they stole a safe containing precious jewelry he's won during his racing career.

He told Eyewitness News the crooks knew what they were doing, wearing hats and hoodies to cover their faces and gloves to cover their hands.

They got away with irreplaceable racing memories, such as Rolex watches and the 10 rings he got for qualifying for the Indy 500.

"It's just stuff in the end, but in this case it's really important stuff to me because of what it represents in terms of achievement and mainly just work and sacrifice to get those things," Bell told us.

"That's probably one of the only things in my life that I would cherish to pass onto my kids, for my kids to pass onto their kids. I'm not somebody who hoards a lot of possessions typically, but racing's been my life, so those things are really special to me."

Bell is warning whoever did this about the power of the racing community and urging everyone to keep an eye out on eBay and pawn shops.