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Neidhart accused of theft




Wrestling legend Jim (the Anvil) Neidhart and a daughter of grappling icon Stu Hart have been accused of pilfering jewelry from a city businessman's home. In a statement of claim filed in Calgary Court of Queen's Bench, John McCann alleges almost $10,000 in property went missing during visits by Neidhart and his wife, Ellie, last year.

But in a defence document also filed with the court, Ellie Neidhart denies any knowledge of a jewelry theft.

"At no time did she remove any jewelry from the plaintiff's home, ... nor take or come into possession of any such jewelry," her statement of defence says.

The court documents were obtained yesterday by the Sun.

McCann, president of The Bolt Supply House Ltd., has sued the couple for $9,937.

That's how much he paid a city pawn shop to retrieve items taken from his 14A St. S.W. home, his claim alleges.

"On several occasions between March 2004, and September 2004, the defendants... entered into the plaintiff's home... and removed a number of pieces of the plaintiff's jewelry," it states.

McCann discovered the items had been pawned and on Sept. 24, he bought them back from the Pawn Shop Superstore, his court document says.

When contacted at his Calgary office, McCann declined comment on the case.

He wouldn't say if he filed a complaint with city police.

Ellie Neidhart, a daughter of the legendary Stu Hart, says if McCann suffered damages, she isn't responsible.

But her claim also suggests McCann isn't entitled to sue even if the jewelry went missing, because it was his wife, Carmine's, property.

"If the plaintiff did pay the Pawn Shop Superstore any sum for the jewelry, which is not admitted, then he did so as a voluntary purchaser," her defence states.

Her husband was best known as half of the Hart Foundation, a wrestling tag team with Ellie's brother, Bret (Hitman) Hart.

Neither Neidhart could be reached for comment and calls to Ellie's lawyer were not returned.

A statement of defence by Jim Neidhart disputing the unproven allegations has not yet been filed.

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