Tom Brady’s Alleged Jersey Thief Caught On Video Leaving The Locker Room
The man who allegedly stole Tom Brady’s Super Bowl-worn jersey was caught on film entering the New England Patriots locker room and leaving with an object tucked underneath his arm.
It was reported Monday morning that Brady’s iconic No. 12 was found in the possession of Mauricio Ortega, a former director of Mexican newspaper “Diario La Prensa,” ESPN reports.
The Mexican Editorial Organization (OEM), the publishing company for the newspaper, announced Monday that they had accepted Ortega’s resignation last week, citing family health issues. They claimed to have had no knowledge of his alleged involvement in the theft of Brady’s jersey.
Law enforcement identified Ortega after examining footage from a Fox broadcast and approximately 20,000 credentials from the Super Bowl. Eventually they were able to identify Ortega — who can be seen entering the locker room, reaching into Brady’s bag and putting the jersey in a black plastic bag before exiting the locker room with it under his arm.
During their search for Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey, authorities also found his jersey from Super Bowl XLIX and a Denver Broncos helmet believed to have been worn by Von Miller in Super Bowl L.
“I am happy my jerseys from SB 49 and SB 51 have been recovered, and I want to thank all of the law enforcement agencies involved,” Brady said in a statement Monday. “I know they worked hard on this case — and it is very much appreciated. Hopefully when I get the jerseys back I can make something very positive come from this experience.”