The stolen jersey of Tom Brady from this year’s Super Bowl is finally back with the New England Patriots after an FBI investigation.
Along with this year’s jersey, the FBI stated that they found another one missing from 2015 Super Bowl, but now both of them are safe at Gillette Stadium.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation worked hard on this case and traces led them to Mexico. After Tom Brady complained that his jersey was missing just a few minutes after the game against Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 5 this year, the institutions started collecting pieces of evidence in order to catch the thief.
Eventually, it’s turned out to be a Mexican media executive Martin Mauricio Ortega. After Mexican authorities did a detailed search of his house, they found the 2017 and 2015 Super Bowl jerseys of Tom Brady.
In addition to this, they also found a Denver Broncos helmet, which was allegedly the property of Von Miller, from Super Bowl 50.
This Thursday, Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots was happy to announce that the two jerseys will be given to Tom Brady as soon as he shows up at Gillette Stadium. He also thanked the Mexican authorities and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their effort and said that their work on this case is a true example of cooperation between these two institutions
“It is another example of the importance of teamwork and what can be accomplished when everyone works together,” Kraft said.
Along with Kraft, Harold Shaw, special agent in charge of the FBI Boston Division and Col. Richard McKeon of the Massachusetts State Police, were present at this press conference. They said that it has been an honor for the FBI to work on this case
“We know how much this means to the Patriots and football fans everywhere, and we are honored to be able to bring these jerseys back to Foxboro,” Shaw said.
Ortega isn’t going to be charged. He wasn’t even in custody and the charges for this felony are pretty serious. One of them is transporting stolen goods across the state lines and out of the country.
Everything will be forgotten, because probably this man is a huge fan of NFL. But his actions cannot be justified because of that fact.
The FBI had a lot of trouble tracking Ortega. They had to pull the credentials of every person during Super Bowl 51, and that was around 20,000 people.
They had a tip on Ortega, who posted something on his social media accounts considering the Super Bowl jerseys.
The FBI and Mexican authorities reacted fast, searching the premises of Ortega, finding the three items from the last three Super Bowls. He was the media executive at Diario La Prensa newspapers.
He used his position to get the credentials and eventually steal these three items.