(Reuters) – The New England Patriots jersey which disappeared following quarterback Tom Brady wore it at the group’s fifth Super Bowl victory a month was observed in Mexico, officials said on Monday.
The jersey and another one Brady wore at a championship success two years before were shot by a former Mexican press executive who’d been credentialed to pay the February match in Houston, according to the National Football League and law enforcement officials.
Mexican authorities found the missing sock in the house of Martin Mauricio Ortega, a former director of Mexico’s La Prensa newspaper, at a raid after a Federal Bureau of Investigation petition, a government source told Reuters.
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Ortega hasn’t yet been detained because he’s been billed, the source included, but the analysis is continuing. The Houston Police Department and league safety were included in the analysis, Together with the FBI.
“You do not come to Texas and embarrass us on our own turf,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters on Monday. He explained the scenario, although not a significant offense, was researched because”the sole blemish we had in the Super Bowl was those bracelets which were stolen from the locker area “
La Prensa said in a statement it was advised that Ortega was engaged with the theft.
“When it turns out to be authentic, (La Prensa) firmly resisted the behavior of Martin Ortega… who took good advantage of this place he had to utilize the La Prensa newspaper to find certification and gain entry to this area,” it said in a statement.
The jersey might have been sold to a collector to get”great financial advantage,” Acevedo said. Brady told reporters that the morning following the Patriots’ 34-28 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons he had packaged up the jersey set his No. 12 following the match, but it had vanished.
“It is unfortunate, because that is a wonderful bit of memorabilia,” he told reporters at the moment. “Those are fairly special ones to maintain. I will take the ring and that is good enough for me”
Even though the 39-year-old quarterback still has his Super Bowl rings, the group’s owner, Robert Kraft, is missing among those diamond-encrusted mementoes.
Russian President Vladimir Putin walked off with Kraft’s ring commemorating the group’s 2005 Super Bowl win over the Philadelphia Eagles when both met later that season. Kraft has stated he planned only to reveal Putin the ring however, the leader maintained it.