Jerseygate has cometo a close.
Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey has been foundand is on its way back to Patriots facilities, Fox Sportsfirst reported Monday.
The NFL confirmed the news a few hours later.
"Through the cooperation of the NFL andNew England Patriots' security teams, the FBI and other law enforcement authorities, the Super Bowl LI jersey worn last month by MVP Tom Brady has been recovered," the NFL said in its statement. "Also retrieved during the ongoing investigation was the jersey Brady wore in the Patriots' victory in Super Bowl XLIX against theSeattle Seahawksin 2015.
"The items were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media. Due to the ongoing investigation, we would refer any additional questions to the FBI."
The FBI was involved, per Fox Sports, because the item was found on foreign soil.
Houston police said they considered the theft afelony because the jersey could have gone for at least $500,000 at a sports memorabilia auction.
Brady, after winning Super Bowl MVP for leading the Patriots on an improbable comeback to beat the Falcons, always seemed optimistic his jersey would find its way back.
UPDATE: Fox Sports released a video of what they believe to be the culprit entering and leaving the Patriots locker room after the game.
FS1, Jay Glazer release video of person allegedly leaving Patriots locker room with Tom Brady's jersey. pic.twitter.com/3dsjrv8NqH— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) March 20, 2017
The man believed to take part in these criminal activities isMauricio Ortega, aformer executive of Diario La Prensa,a newspaper in Honduras. The paper reportedly knew he was the culprit a few days ago, and was fired.
The paper released a brief tweet on the matter in Spanish, which rougly translated reads, "We are informed that the one involved in the case of the stolen [Tom Brady] jerseys is the exdirector of [La Prensa]."
The paper is expected to release a full statement soon.