It was a long way from home.
The NFL says Brady’s missing Super Bowl XLIX jersey was also recovered in the operation.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy released a statement that the league has recovered the jersey, along with Brady’s from his last Super Bowl win in 2015 against the Seattle Seahawks, from a member of the worldwide press. Houston Police set a $500,000 value to the jersey and has classified the alleged theft as a first-degree felony.
The Patriots quarterback has previously said that his jersey was in his bag in the locker room before it went missing. Texas lieutenant governor Dan Patrick issued a statement on his Facebook account that closed with, “Note to the global media: Don’t Mess with Texas”. “With total surprise and deception, today, we have received noticed of the actions presumably by Martín Mauricio Ortega Camberos, on February 5 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, where Super Bowl LI was celebrated”, the statement read. “So if it shows up on eBay, someone let me know and I’ll track that down”, he told reporters at the time.
Patrick weighed in again Monday morning to celebrate the solved crime. Note to the global media: “Don’t Mess with Texas”.
Houston Police said Monday they did not make the case a top priority, but commended officers who invested countless hours and developed sources who led them to a credential holder in Mexico. The FBI is not commenting, citing the ongoing investigation.
The U.S. District Attorney’s Office will determine the charges the person responsible will face.
Brandon Collins was also perplexed: “Y’all can find Tom Brady’s super bowl jersey on foreign soil but can’t figure out who killed Biggie or Tupac, smh”.
Still, Acevedo could not resist a joke at the thief’s expense.
When asked about the Broncos’ memorabilia, Acevedo said he was not aware of that.