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Tom Brady's stolen jerseys linked to Mexican newspaper executive

FBI, NFL security locate stolen jersey 'on foreign soil'

 

A Mexican newspaper's former executive was involved in the case of Tom Brady's missing jerseys, the company that owns the publication said Monday.

The Mexican Editorial Organization (OEM) announced on Twitter that Mauricio Ortega, former director of La Prensa, was identified as responsible for the theft.

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Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo that department investigators relied on a tip from an informant and tracked Brady's jersey from last month's 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons to Mexico.

They also found the quarterback's jersey that had gone missing after the Patriots' 2015 Super Bowl win over the Seattle Seahawks.

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The FBI said the items recovered are worth an estimated $800,000.

The NFL had previously said the jersey was in "possession of a credentialed member of the international media."

FOX NFL insider Jay Glazer explained how authorities zeroed in on the suspect.

“Here’s actually what happened. The FBI and the NFL security, along with Patriots security and the Houston PD, they actually went through all this video to try and track somebody down, and they zeroed in on somebody, a person of interest,” Galzer said Monday.

“From what I’m told, they have him going into the locker room right behind Bill Belichick as if he’s with the team. Goes in there, loiters around a little while and is seen leaving the locker room … a little bit later with something under his arm,” Glazer said. 

The jerseys are in the possession of the FBI in Boston, and law enforcement was working to authenticate them.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.