HOUSTON (WPRI) — The mystery of Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl LI jersey appears to have been solved.
At a news conference Monday afternoon, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo announced the jersey was located in Mexico.
Acting on a tip, Houston police and Mexican authorities raided the suspect’s last known location and not only located Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey, but also the one he wore during the team’s Super Bowl XLIX victory over the Seahawks.
In a statement Monday, the NFL said the jerseys were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media.
“Through the cooperation of the NFL and New England Patriots’ security teams, the FBI and other law enforcement authorities, the Super Bowl LI jersey worn last month by MVP Tom Brady has been recovered. Also retrieved during the ongoing investigation was the jersey Brady wore in the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks in 2015. The items were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media. Due to the ongoing investigation, we would refer any additional questions to the FBI.”
Brady told authorities that he put the jersey in a bag and later noticed it had been taken.
The jersey was valued at $500,000, making the crime a first-degree felony. Acevedo said the suspect may also be charged with transporting stolen goods out of the country.
Both jerseys are now in the hands of the NFL and FBI in Boston, where efforts are being made to confirm their authenticity, according to Acevedo.
The chief said the jersey theft wasn’t his department’s top priority, but one they wanted to solve as it was a blemish on Houston’s hosting of the Super Bowl.
“For the people that did this: you don’t come to Texas and embarrass us here in our home turf,” he said.
Acevedo also encouraged the league to check its protocols following the thefts.