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19-Year-Old Sports Memorabilia Collector Led FBI to Stolen Tom Brady Jerseys

The FBI returns Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jerseys to Gillette Stadium. Photo via FBI.

The FBI returns Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jerseys to Gillette Stadium. Photo via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 19-year-old sports memorabilia collector and avid Patriots fan provided FBI with the tip that led investigators to the person who stole Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jerseys.

Dylan Wagner said he sold an unrelated jersey on eBay to Martin Mauricio Ortega, who showed off his impressive collection, CBS Boston reports

“He sent me 30 photos of his collection. Front and center was Tom Brady’s Super Bowl 49 Jersey. I asked him outright, ‘How did you get that?’ and he says ‘I’ll tell you later,’” Wagner explained.

Dylan shared the photos with a friend, who happened to be an ATF special agent in Boston.

Special Agent Christopher Arone later heard about Brady’s missing game jersey after this year’s Super Bowl.

“He sent me a link to an ESPN article. It stated it is not the first time a jersey was stolen from Brady and it happened after the Seahawks Super Bowl,” Wagner recalled. “I couldn’t believe this guy would have the audacity to go in and steal something that someone worked so hard for.”

Ortega was spotted 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.

“I would love to meet Brady one day, hopefully. It would be a dream come true. I’m just really glad he gets his jerseys back,” Wagner said.

FBI Helps Find Tom Brady’s Stolen Jersey from Super Bowl LI

Tom Brady, via Wikipedia

Tom Brady, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has helped locate the jersey that Tom Grady was wearing during the Super Bowl LI, FOX Sports reports

The jersey, which is valued at $500,000, was in Brady’s bag in the locker room after the game. The NFL believed someone posing as a member of the international press stole the jersey.

The jersey was discovered on “foreign soil.”

Other Stories of Interest

Former ATF Director Calls New NFL Job ‘a Dream Come True’

US Attorney B. Todd Jones

Todd Jones

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former ATF Director B. Todd Jones has been tapped as special counsel for conduct for the National Football League, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. 

After overseeing investigations into mass shootings and the Boston Marathon shooting, the retired director will have a much more fun assignment.

“For a lifelong football fan, it’s a dream come true,” Jone said, quipping: “When I watch football on Sunday now, and my wife says, ‘What are you doing?’ I say I am working.”

The NFL approached Jones as the league was battling criticism for its handling of off-the-field conduct by football players.

“There was a recognition that they needed someone with the experiences I had, my familiarity with the criminal justice system, someone who had done internal investigations in the private sector, who could help expand the code of conduct, which was on paper but not reflected in how the clubs operate,” Jones said.

Jones is a big Vikings fan, but he said he’ll have to keep that in check.

FBI Plans Soften, Victim-Centric Approach to Cracking Down on Prostitution During Super Bowl

super bowl 50By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is taking a softer approach to cracking down on sex trafficking during the Super Bowl.

The Associated Press reports that agents will offer to provide women an opportunity to get out of prostitution and turn in their traffickers.

The softer approach, which focuses on the victim, will take place during the lead-up to the Super Bowl in San Francisco.

“The goal is to reach anyone who is being trafficked,” FBI Supervisory Special Agent Doug Hunt, who manages the San Francisco office’s anti-trafficking efforts, which will also include sting operations the agency has used before at previous Super Bowls.

Super Bowls have traditionally attracted sex traffickers.

FBI Investigating Threat Against Ole Miss Trees, Shrubs Ahead of Rivalry

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As far as threats go, this isn’t the FBI’s most dire.

The bureau launched an investigation into an anonymous letter that threatened someone would damage trees and shrubs in the Center of Ole Miss’ campus, the USA Today reports.

“What’s going to happen to y’all on the field Saturday Aint nothing compared to what’s going to happen on your beautiful campus,” the letter read. “You won’t be one of the most pretty campus’s Next year. A lot of shrubs and trees are going to die; especially in the grove. Can’t stop us.” (SIGNED) “Hail State go to hell TSUN”

Ole Miss handed over the note to the FBI’s Jackson office.

University police chief Calvin Sellers said the threat is no laughing matter.

“This longtime football rivalry has separated families and friends for generations, but while it’s spirited, our attention has been focused mostly on the football field,” Sellers said. “We encourage everyone to remember that this is a game, after all, not a time for hate. We are hopeful that passions have not escalated to the point that someone is prepared to do damage to a landmark for which all Mississippians take great pride.”

 

DEA Investigations NFL Football Teams over Allegations of Mishandling RX Drugs

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA is investigating claims that NFL teams have mishandled prescription drugs.

Boston.com reports that agents showed up unannounced Sunday to examine the medical staffs of three away teams – San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks.

The extent of the investigation remains a mystery, and no arrests were made Sunday.

‘‘DEA agents are currently interviewing NFL team doctors in several locations as part of an ongoing investigation into potential violations of the (Controlled Substances Act),’’ Payne said.

The investigation involves questions about NFL teams’ compliance with federal law when it comes to controlled substances. No teams were specifically targeted.

‘‘Our teams cooperated with the DEA today and we have no information to indicate that irregularities were found,’’ NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is heading up the probe.

The investigation follows complaints from former NFL players who allege violations of federal drug laws.

 

 

Border Patrol Agent Arrested After Allegedly Beating Man with Helmet Over Cowboys Game

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent is in hot water after he was accused of beating another man in the parking lot of a bar with a motorcycle helmet because of an argument over a Dallas Cowboys game, Valley Central reports.

Hector David Arredondo, 42, was arrested on an aggravated assault charge on Nov. 2.

A patrol officer spotted the fight.

The agent has been released from jail after posting a $10,000 bond.

It’s unclear whether the agent has been suspended pending results of the investigation.

NFL Takes Risks by Hiring Former FBI Director Mueller to Investigate Ray Rice Controversy

Director Mueller testifying on the Hill/fbi file photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hiring former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to investigate the NFL’s handling of running back Ray Rice has its dangers, the New York Times reports.

The NFL, which said Mueller would be given “the full cooperation of N.F.L. personnel and access to all N.F.L. records,” chose one of the best investigators to look into the matter.

“His reputation is really on the line,” said John M. Dowd, who was hired by Major League Baseball to investigate several matters. “If it comes out too light, it won’t look good. At the end of the day, what’s most important to him is his reputation, which means more to him than money. I can’t believe he’ll want to pull his punches.”

To avoid a conflict, Mueller will report to John Mara, the owner of the New York Giants, and Art Rooney II of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are lawyers.

“Our role is not to conduct or direct the investigation but to support Mr. Mueller and assist him in gaining whatever access or resources he needs,” Mara and Rooney said in a statement. “Our sole motive here is to get the truth and then share Mr. Mueller’s findings with the public.”

Mueller’s investigation has the power to damage the league because the probe is examining the behavior of those at NFL headquarters.

“He will have a lot of power to remind people about these promises,” Bromwich said. “These investigations can be a little tricky, but in many ways they are even more difficult if they take place behind a curtain rather than in the public eye.”