Stolen Super Bowl jerseys returned to the New England Patriots
Two Super Bowl jerseys that were stolen from the New England Patriots were returned to the team Thursday.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation in Boston said the jerseys, which had been worn by star quarterback Tom Brady during Super Bowl 49 and Super Bowl 51, were delivered to the New England Patriots and National Football League.
“We know how much this means to the Patriots and football fans everywhere, and we are honored to be able to bring these jerseys back to Foxboro,” FBI Boston Division’s Special Agent in Charge Harold H. Shaw noted in a press release.
The FBI also emailed NBC 10 News a photo of Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, along with Shaw and Col. Richard D. McKeon of the Massachusetts State Police, posing with the jerseys, as well as all five of the team’s most recent Super Bowl trophies.
"We want to thank the FBI, the Mexican authorities and the many different local agencies that were involved in the investigation and ultimate recovery of Tom Brady's Super Bowl LI jersey," Kraft said in a statement. "Working along with the Patriots and NFL security, those agencies collectively coordinated an investigation that also led to the recovery of Tom’s missing Super Bowl XLIX jersey. It was great to have both jerseys returned to Gillette Stadium today. 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. We appreciate the effort of everyone involved and look forward to returning these jerseys to Tom when he gets back to New England."
The FBI also praised multiple law enforcement agencies for their efforts.
"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 Mexico City Legal Attaché," the FBI noted." 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."
(The Associated Press contribute to this report.)