Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean helped chase down a jewel thief at the Hard Rock Hotel parking lot in Las Vegas on Monday (January 5) evening, according to theLas Vegas Sun. The paper reports that the singer was trying on watches in Rocks, the hotel’s jewelry store, when a man walked in and asked to try on several bracelets and rings. Without warning the man, who was wearing a $40,000 diamond-encrusted ring, suddenly made a run for the exit. Vegas club personality Marklen Kennedy, a friend of McLean’s, told the paper, “The girl at the counter screamed that she could not leave the store, so A.J. just shot out of there like a rocket.” The Backstreet Boy and a hotel security guard on a bicycle chased the man down and recovered the stolen property.
McLean was reportedly in town to make an appearance at this week’s Adult Entertainment Expo convention.
Meanwhile, A.J.’s mother, Denise McLean, has co-written a book about her son’s career, his highly publicized struggle with alcoholism and depression, and the steps he took to get sober. The book is titled Backstreet Mom: A Mother’s Tale of Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean’s Rise To Fame, Struggle With Addiction and Ultimate Triumph. She is visiting New York City this week for media interviews to promote the book.