While you were sleeping, detectives worked hard to find out who in the world stole Tom Brady’s Superbowl jersey and the media unmasked the suspect, Scooby Doo-style! Contrary to Brady’s own investigation, the thief was NOT Lady Gaga nor was it Gollum from “Lord of the Rings”! It wasn’t even his teammate Julian Edelman.
As it turns out, the jersey was found in Mexico, along with other Super Bowl memorabilia, including Brady’s jersey from Super Bowl 49 in 2015, and Von Miller’s Denver Broncos helmet from Super Bowl 50 last year. All the items are in the process of being authenticated.
The thief was apparently a Mexican journalist named Martin Mauricio Ortega. He was the director of a major Mexican newspaper until he resigned last week. The authorities found footage from Fox, which showed Ortega enter the locker room, and reach into Brady’s bag. He put the jersey into a black plastic bag and left. His back was to the camera, so officials had to go through about 20,000 people with credentials to be in the area before settling on Ortega.
Brady said, quote, “I’m happy my Super Bowl jerseys have been recovered, and I want to thank all of the law enforcement agencies involved. Hopefully when I get [them] back I can make something very positive come from this experience.”
It’s unclear if Ortega has been arrested or what’s going on with him. The Houston Police claim the jersey is worth $500,000, so the theft was being considered a first degree felony.