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Video of thief stealing medals from Paralympian Jen Lee’s car viewed 1 million times

Paralympic sledge hockey goaltender Jen Lee posted a video on Twitter Saturday showing a man breaking into her car and stealing a bag containing her gold medals.

β€œAround 7:15pm today at The Rim in San Antonio, TX my car was broken into by this guy and he took the bag containing my 3 Paralympic gold medals,” Lee tweeted. “Asking for help in recovering them and spreading the word in any way possible.”

The video appears to show the man smashing one of the car windows before grabbing the bag. By Sunday afternoon around 2 p.m., the video had been viewed 1.2 million times.

San Antonio Police Chief Bill McManus also tweeted the video and asked, “Does anyone recognize this individual? Please let us know. I have sent the video to our Fusion Center. We will try to identify it. This can’t last!”

Newsweek contacted the San Antonio and Lee Police Department for comment.

Lee helped lead the U.S. Paralympic sledge hockey team to victory in Beijing in March, not allowing opponents to score a goal in four games during the competition, according to The New York Times.

Previously, he was the team’s backup goaltender, but when longtime goaltender Steve Cash retired last year, he became the starting goaltender, according to the Time. He had already won gold medals at the Paralympic Games in Russia in 2014 and in South Korea in 2018.

In addition to his Twitter post, Lee also shared the video and a similar message about his gold medals being stolen on Instagram.

U.S. Paralympic sledge hockey goaltender Jen Lee posted a video to Twitter on Saturday showing a man breaking into her car and stealing a bag containing her gold medals. Above, Lee during the Para ice hockey medal ceremony following the gold medal at the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games on March 13.
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He also posted photos of his car after the theft, which show the glass in one of its rear doors completely gone while broken glass is visible on the ground.

“First time ever, my car was broken into and all of my Paralympic gold medals were stolen,” Lee wrote in the Instagram post. “This happened around 7:15 p.m. today at The Rim parking lot in San Antonio, TX. I just want to share this as I’m looking for help and to see how I can get my gold medals back.”

“My heart just broke for you Jen Lee. Praying for them back, I’m devastated to see these hard earned medals taken away from you,” Instagram user Lauren Tiffany wrote.

“This is terrible. Hope they find this guy and get your medals back,” user Aidan Woller commented on Lee’s post.


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