The NFL confirms that Brady's jersey has been recovered. It was found with a credentialed member of the international media, according to an NFL statement.
Federal agents found not one, but a pair of Brady's Super Bowl jerseys. The other jersey was the one Brady wore when the Patriots won the Super Bowl against the Seahawks in 2015.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted about the recovery of the jersey saying detectives traced it to Mexico with the help of the FBI and Mexican authorities.
Tom Brady's agent Don Yee relayed the following statement from Brady:
"I am happy my jerseys from Super Bowl 49 and Super Bowl 51 have been recovered, and I want to thank all of the law enforcement agencies involved. 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."
In a press conference Monday, Acevedo would not expand on the person connected to the investigation, only saying that he is not from the Houston area.
"You came to the wrong state," Acevedo said about the suspect.
Proud @houstonpolice Major Offenders Divison traced Brady Jersey to Mexico & it has been recovered with help of FBI & Mexican authorities.— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) March 20, 2017
Brady couldn't find his jersey in the Patriots' celebratory locker room after a 34-28 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons at Houston's NRG Stadium on Feb. 5.
After the game, reporters saw Brady looking through the bag in front of his locker and then calling some team staffers over.
"I put it in the bag, and I came out and it wasn't there anymore. It's unfortunate because that's a nice piece of memorabilia," Brady said.
In a video posted on the NFL's Twitter account on Super Bowl Sunday, Brady told Patriots owner Robert Kraft that "someone stole my game jersey."
"Are you serious? Well, you better look online," Kraft replied.
"It was right here. I know exactly where I put it," Brady said, according to USA Today Sports.
VIDEO: Brady discusses missing jersey after Super Bowl win
Something similar happened to Brady's jersey after the Patriots' 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015.
The case is expected to go to the U.S. Attorney Office for prosecution. Acevedo said that the jerseys are now in the hands of the NFL in Boston.
The US Attorney's Office in Houston did tell Eyewitness News there have been no arrests made and no charges filed.
Police chief Acevedo was coy about the specifics of the case during his late morning press conference, he did however, call out the NFL for what he considered less than adequate security in the locker room where the jersey was taken.
"I hope the NFL takes a look at (security), because they are responsible for security in the locker rooms," said chief Acevedo, "they really need to check their protocols and their efforts because there are two jerseys that we're aware of and it required a response from the Houston police department and partners to recover them."
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