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Californian Jordan Fernandez arrested for stealing Olympian Jordyn Poulter’s gold medal

A California man has been arrested after allegedly stealing an Olympic gold medal belonging to a member of the 2020 USA Women’s Volleyball Team.

Olympian Jordyn Poulter reported her medal was stolen on May 25 after her unlocked car was found broken into in a parking lot in Anaheim, police said.

Jordan Fernandez, 31, was charged on Tuesday with first-degree residential burglary, second-degree vehicle burglary, impersonation and possession of narcotics, police said.

Poulter noticed the medal was missing after returning to his car and seeing his belongings searched. His bag containing the medal and his passport were confiscated, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Officials are still looking for the medal, which is still missing.

“Unfortunately, Jordyn’s Olympic gold medal has not yet been collected and she is offering a $1,000 reward for her safe return, no questions asked,” the police statement read.

Fernandez has a “long criminal history”, police added.

Poulter’s team edged out Brazil in the final of the Tokyo Olympics to claim the glittering gold medals.

The volleyball star said she hopes the suspect realizes pawning the medal won’t be as lucrative as they might think.

“It’s not pure gold, so if you try to melt it, it won’t get you very far,” Poulter said, according to the LA Times. “The interior is made of recycled computer parts then plated. So it’s not worth much in that sense.

Poulter said the medal “meant much more” to her than its monetary value.

With post wires

New York Post

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