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Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jerseys back in Boston

The jerseys worn by Tom Brady during Super Bowls XLIX and LI were returned on Thursday after being recovered in Mexico.

News 24 Mar 2017, 04:23 IST
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Tom Brady's Super Bowl jerseys are back in Foxborough where they belong.

The two stolen jerseys worn by the New England Patriots quarterback during Super Bowls XLIX and LI were returned to the team Thursday after being recovered in Mexico earlier this week.

FBI's Boston bureau included a statement with a tweeted photo of Patriots owner Robert Kraft posing with two agents holding the jerseys.

"The Federal Bureau of Investigation in Boston is pleased to return the jerseys worn by New England Patriots MVP Tom Brady during Super Bowl 49 and Super Bowl 51 to the New England Patriots and National Football League," the statement read on Thursday.

"We know how much this means to the Patriots and football fans everywhere, and we are honoured to be able to bring these jerseys back to Foxboro.

"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 Attache. 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."

Authorities revealed on Monday the suspected thief is Mauricio Ortega, a former executive of a newspaper in Honduras called Diario La Prensa. The paper reportedly knew he was the culprit a few days ago and fired him.

"It was great to have both jerseys returned to Gillette Stadium," Kraft said in a statement.

"I don't know that any agency could have accomplished this independently, but collectively multiple agencies — both in the U.S. and in Mexico — worked together to achieve the goal of retrieving the stolen property. It is another example of the importance of teamwork and what can be accomplished when everyone works together."

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