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Tough loss for Alex ends in big win

A local boy whose prized autographed Clemson ball was stolen in 2018 is smiling again, thanks to the efforts of the local sheriff’s office and the Clemson University football team.
In July of 2018, Alex Fargnoli and his mom, Tiffany Fargnoli, came home and found that their Colleton County house had been burglarized. “When I unlocked the door, the house was in complete disarray,” said Tiffany. One of the items stolen was Alex’s Clemson football, which was signed by Head Football Coach Dabo Swinney. That ball was his Christmas gift from the year before.
“He was devastated,” she said, of Alex.
During the course of the investigation, Colleton County authorities learned of Alex’s favorite ball being stolen. “The sheriff told me he was going to try to make it right for Alex,” said Alex’s dad, Nick Fargnoli.
Sheriff R. Andy Strickland made good on his promise.
In late December of 2018, just days prior to Alex’s birthday, Strickland called Nick and said that he reached out to the coach and explained what happened to Alex’s prized Clemson ball. The coach agreed to help. Later, Strickland presented Alex with a new Clemson ball. This one was signed by the entire Clemson football team and the Coach.
That team now carries a national championship title, making the ball even more special.
“We are all Clemson fans, but my son is crazy about that team,” said Nick. “It hurt me more than anything for him to lose his ball in that burglary, but he is smiling again now that he has a new one. Sheriff Strickland has no idea the joy he has given to my son.
“For him to do that for our son, it is just mind-blowing,” said Nick. “It’s a very special thing to have him do that, and to have the entire team be willing to sign that ball. I just can’t tell you how much that means.”
Tiffany agrees. She used to be a grant writer for Strickland’s administration, and says that the gesture is greatly appreciated. “He is so happy to have that ball,” she said.
No arrests were ever made in the original burglary case, said Tiffany. But she and the family are keeping the new Clemson ball locked in a place where it is safe, she said.

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