Authorities in Southern California said three Olympic medals were stolen from a member of a U.S. women’s volleyball team in a home burglary last week, the second time a team member has received a medal this year.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department said a residence in Laguna Hills where the medals were being stored was broken into on the evening of Oct. 29.
The medals — gold, silver, and bronze — belong to a member of the U.S. women’s volleyball teams of 2012, 2016 and 2020. They were in a safe that was confiscated. The volleyball team won gold in its most recent games in Tokyo, which were delayed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The silver was won at the 2012 London Olympics and the bronze was won at the 2016 games hosted by Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Authorities have not identified which athlete the medals belonged to. TBEN News Digital has contacted the sheriff.
Investigators have not identified a suspect in the case.
Earlier this year, the owners of a barbershop in Anaheim, also in Orange County, returned a medal from Jordyn Poulter. The Olympian reported that it was stolen on May 25 when she discovered her car had been broken into in a parking garage in Anaheim.
The barbershop owners found it in a plastic bag outside the business and handed it over to the police.
The 31-year-old suspect who is being prosecuted in the case has a “long criminal history”, according to the police.
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Poulter was part of the team that won gold at the Tokyo Olympics.
The The Bharat Express News contributed to this report.