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Tom Brady FBI Presents to Bob Kraft Stolen Super Bowl Jerseys!!!

3/23/2017 2:15 PM PDT
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Pats owner Robert Kraft was actually happy to see the FBI -- because they forked over Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jerseys!!!

The Bureau posted this photo shot at Gillette Stadium Thursday ... where the QB's Super Bowl 49 and 51 jerseys were returned from Mexico. The recovery was the result of a massive international jersey hunt that led to a reporter in Mexico whom authorities say was the thief.

Kraft said, "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."

He added, "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."

Nicely done!

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U.S. Congressman Calls Putin a 'Thief' For Stealing Super Bowl Ring

3/22/2017 3:07 PM PDT
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NY congressman Peter King says the recovery of Tom Brady's jersey is a "solid first step" in getting back ANOTHER stolen piece of Super Bowl memorabilia ... the ring Putin stole from Bob Kraft!!

The Patriots owner has talked openly about how Vladimir Putin walked off with his Super Bowl 39 ring during a meeting in Russia in 2005. 

King says the fact we got Brady's jersey back sends a strong message to people with ill-gotten Super Bowl stuff everywhere ... we're coming for you! 

He even refers to Putin as a "thief."

Guessin' Vlad ain't gonna like that ... 

Tom Brady's SB Jerseys PROOF OF LIFE!!!

3/21/2017 8:12 AM PDT
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THEY'RE BACK!!

Here are the first photos of Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl 49 & 51 jerseys since they were recovered by Mexican authorities!

VIVA MEXICO!!!

The Mexican Attorney General's Office has released the photos of the uniforms.

You can see the grass stains from the SB 49 jersey -- when the Patriots defeated the Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. 

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The jerseys were allegedly jacked by Mauricio Ortega -- who was a credentialed member of the international media when he went into the Patriots locker room and swiped the #12 unis. 

Officials say at least 1 other Super Bowl item was recovered during a raid on Ortega's home in Mexico -- Von Miller's helmet from SB 50. 

Tom Brady FACE-TO-FACE WITH SUSPECT ... In Super Bowl Selfies

3/20/2017 2:03 PM PDT
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0320-tom-brady-mauricio-ortega-selfies-TMZ-SPORTS-06bThe man who allegedly stole Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey has been up close and personal with Tom, Robert Kraft and other Super Bowl stars for years ... and TMZ Sports has the photo proof. 

Mauricio Ortega made a habit of snapping selfies with the big stars from the Super Bowl games he covered during his stint as the news director for La Prensa -- a Mexican media outlet.

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We're told the photo with Tom Brady was taken after Super Bowl 39 in 2005. Same with Robert Kraft. 

Ortega also posed with Heath Miller at Super Bowl 40, Brandon Jacobs at Super Bowl 42. He also got one with Ben Roethlisberger

Guys, if you're missing any gear ...

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Tom Brady PROPS TO COPS ... Thanks for My Jersey!

3/20/2017 1:59 PM PDT
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0320-tom-brady-superbowl-getty-01Tom Brady says he's PUMPED to get his Super Bowl jerseys back -- and gave a big shout out to the cops who helped track it down.

"I am happy my jerseys from SB 49 and SB 51 have been recovered," Brady said in a statement.

"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."

The insinuation seems to be that he'll auction them off for a charity. Stay tuned .. 

Tom Brady Suspect Video Released Allegedly Capturing Jersey Heist

3/20/2017 10:46 AM PDT
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update_graphic_red_bar11:28 AM PT -- The suspect's name is Mauricio Ortega -- a former executive at a Mexican news organization called "Diario La Prensa."

According to La Prensa, Ortega resigned from his position on March 14th. The paper was unaware of the investigation into Ortega until today. 

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update-grey-gray-barHere is video of the man suspected of stealing Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey ... according to Ian Rappaport of NFL Network ... and it sure looks like he's got something under his arm.

The suspect was captured on video by FOX, the network that aired Super Bowl 51 -- and while his face is blurred, you can see his tie is terrible.

We are told the frame that shows the suspect clutching an item under his arm is what blew the case wide open for authorities.

The video was first aired on "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" on FS1. 

Officials have said the suspect was a credentialed member of the media. His name and alleged media organization have not been released.

Tom Brady Thief Caught on Video May Have Jacked Von Miller, Too!

3/20/2017 8:26 AM PDT
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0320-tom-brady-GETTY-02update_graphic_red_bar9:02 AM PT -- Sources connected to the investigation tell us 2 Patriots jerseys and 1 Broncos helmet were recovered in Mexico.

The Broncos helmet is likely that of Von Miller, as Jay Glazer reported.

We're told no cleats have been recovered ... at least not yet.

Glazer said Miller's cleats also went M.I.A. after Super Bowl 50. Unclear if it's connected to this investigation.update-grey-gray-barThe man who jacked Tom Brady's Super Bowl jerseys may have ALSO stolen Von Miller's helmet and cleats from Super Bowl 50 ... so says Jay Glazer.

Glazer appeared on "Undisputed" on FS1 and said investigators used video footage to identify the suspect in the Super Bowl 51 caper. 

Glazer says investigators saw the suspect enter the locker room behind Bill Belichick and leave a short time later with something tucked under his arm. 

Glazer says the suspect had a legitimate media credential -- but may not be a real journalist. He may have been running a scam.

And get this ... Glazer says the Denver Broncos believe the suspect hit Von Miller in the previous Super Bowl.

Story developing ... 

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Houston PD Blames NFL Security For Stolen Tom Brady Jersey

3/20/2017 9:38 AM PDT
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The Houston PD wants to make it perfectly clear it was NFL security that had watch over the Patriots locker room ... and therefore it's NFL security who should get the blame for Tom Brady's jersey going missing.

Chief Art Acevedo says it was the Houston PD that led the search for the jersey and should get the majority of the credit for its return.

Acevedo says he put a "handful" of investigators on the case because of the national and international attention ... and felt it was the only blemish on an otherwise perfect Super Bowl. 

Acevedo says Houston PD developed the first major lead from an informant that led officials to the suspect. 

Acevedo did give some credit to the FBI and other law enforcement agencies but it's clear he wants everyone to know HPD was the leader.

As for NFL security, Acevedo says he hopes the NFL can learn from the incident and correct the way it handles Super Bowl locker room security moving forward.

Tom Brady's Stolen Jersey RECOVERED On 'Foreign Soil' ... Viva Mexico!

3/20/2017 5:50 AM PDT
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0321-tom-brady-getyThe FBI has recovered Tom Brady's stolen Super Bowl 51 jersey and the Houston PD says it was tracked to MEXICO!!!

The NFL says Tom's Super Bowl 49 jersey -- which was ALSO stolen (secretly, apparently) -- was recovered as well. 

Officials believe it was jacked by the same person and moved outside the U.S. ... so says CSNNE's Tom Curran

Jay Glazer -- who first reported the story -- says the FBI teamed up with the NFL security team for the recovery -- and is now in the process of returning the jerseys to Brady.

So, who's the thief?? 

The NFL says the items were found in the possession of a "credentialed member of the international media." 

Of course, the jersey went missing in the minutes after Brady and the Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

Video later surfaced (courtesy of our friends at Yahoo Sports) showing Brady searching through his equipment bag for the jersey while insisting that he "100 percent" put it in there.

Multiple law enforcement agencies joined the search -- including the Texas Rangers. Brady valued the jersey at $500,000 on the police report filed in Houston.

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Anheuser-Busch Sued You Can't Have Spuds MacKenzie He's Our Party Dog Now!

3/15/2017 10:46 AM PDT
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Anheuser-Busch has no business using the ghost of Spuds MacKenzie to sell Bud Light because that doggy don't bark for the beer giant anymore ... according to a new lawsuit.

Spuds Ventures says it currently owns the rights to the beer-drinking party dog from the late '80s, and Anheuser-Busch completely screwed them by bringing Spuds back for a Super Bowl 51 ad without getting permission.

According to the docs ... A-B abandoned its Spuds MacKenzie campaign more than 20 years ago amid controversy the dog made beer kid-friendly. In 2013 Spuds Ventures swooped in to take ownership of Spuds.

Spuds Ventures says Anheuser only objected last year to its purchase of the dog's rights ... as the brewery was gearing up for its Super Bowl commercial.

SV is suing for damages and any profits Anheuser made off its Spuds reboot commercial.

Falcons Coach Dan Quinn Super Bowl Regrets? Let's Talk 4th Quarter Playcalling

3/12/2017 12:45 AM PST
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Why did the Falcons call PASSING PLAYS in the final minutes of the Super Bowl instead of running the ball and kicking a FG that would have put the game out of reach?!?! 

That's exactly what we asked ATL head coach Dan Quinn

Coach Quinn -- who couldn't have been nicer -- essentially says that drive is NOT why they lost the game. They blew other chances to ice the Patriots, too. 

The good news ... he's staying positive and says, "Hopefully we get a chance to battle for one again. We'll be ready." 

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Les Moonves $500k for Tom Brady Jersey??? ... Even I Won't Pay That!

2/22/2017 7:43 AM PST
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CBS honcho Les Moonves reportedly makes $60 MILLION per year!!!!

And even HE thinks $500,000 for Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey is an INSANE number. 

Interesting thing is Les would probably be a real contender to buy the jersey if it's ever recovered and put up for sale ... he's a huge Patriots fan who loves Tom Brady. 

... but he's not a sucker. 

Tom Brady QB's Camp Made the Call On $500k Jersey Value ... Cops Say

2/21/2017 8:33 AM PST
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Tom Brady -- or someone in his camp -- came up with the $500,000 value for the QB's missing Super Bowl jersey ... this according to the Houston PD. 

TMZ Sports spoke with an HPD rep who tells us the $500k value listed on the police report was NOT determined by some fancy police property assessor ... it's the complainant who offers up the number.

In this case, the complainant on the report is Tom Brady ... and a Houston PD spokesperson tells us it was either Tom "or one of his people" who gave the $500k figure.

We're told if/when someone is arrested, the PD will kick the case over to the DA’s office which will work on determining its real worth.

Cops also note that if Brady filed an insurance claim, the insurance company would also tap their own people to assess the value.

For the record, the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show on FS1 spoke with Rick Harrison from "Pawn Stars" who said the value is closer to $200k.

Inflategate, anyone?

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