BOSTON — Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jersey was found March 19 with the help of a 19-year-old Patriots fan and collector. Dylan Wagner had sold an item to Martin Mauricio Ortega, a former executive with Diario La Prensa, a Mexican news organization, with credentials to the NFL finale. Ortega sent about 30 photos of his collection to young Wagner.
Wagner told CBS Boston the photos showed the Super Bowl 49 jersey prominently displayed. “Front and center was Tom Brady’s Super Bowl 49 Jersey,” Wagner said. “I asked him outright, ‘How did you get that?’ and he says ‘I’ll tell you later.” The teen shared his story and the photos with Christopher Arone, an ATF agent in Boston and friend. Brady reportedly placed the jersey in his equipment bag. When he returned from taking a shower it was gone. Bradley had had another Super Bowl jersey stolen.
Ortega was subsequently spotted after the 2017 game, leaving the Patriots’ locker room with something tucked under his arm. The FBI and police in Mexico were able to recover both Super Bowl jerseys and return them to the Patriots.
Meanwhile, Brady released a statement through the NFL, stating, “I am happy my jerseys from SB XLIX and SB LI have been recovered, and I want to thank all of the law enforcement agencies involved. Hopefully, when I get the jerseys back I can make something very positive come from this experience.”