Tom Brady’s jerseys are back home.
The FBI posted a photograph from the New England Patriots offices in Foxboro, MA Thursday afternoon, showing Brady’s Super Bowl 49 and 51 shirts flanked by law enforcement officials and team owner Robert Kraft.
The valuable jerseys were found in the possession of a Mexican publishing executive following an investigation that involved several agencies from the United States and Mexico.
Video surfaced Tuesday showing Mauricio Ortega in the Patriots’ locker room about 30 minutes after the end of Super Bowl 51 in Houston and walking out with something under his arm. The jersey from last month’s game, likely worth at least several hundred thousand dollars, was located in his possession as well as Brady’s missing Super Bowl 49 shirt. Ortega was a collector of American sports memorabilia.
“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,” stated FBI Boston Division Special Agent in Charge Harold Shaw.
“This was truly a cooperative effort, and we want to thank our FBI field offices in Chicago, Phoenix, and Houston; the United States Attorney’s Offices in the District of Connecticut, the Southern District of Texas, and the District of Arizona; and our FBI Mexico City Legal Attaché. We would also like to thank our law enforcement partners in Mexico, in particular, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office, for their invaluable assistance in resolving this matter. Assistance was also provided by the security teams from the NFL and the New England Patriots, the Massachusetts State Police, and Houston Police Department.”
Shaw says the theft is still an ongoing investigation and didn’t offer any other details.