The NFL is investigating the burglary of a Broncos helmet that was recovered as part of the ongoing investigation into Tom Brady‘s stolen Super Bowl jerseys, the league confirmed.
The helmet could “potentially” have belonged to outside linebacker Von Miller.
“We have been in contact with NFL security regarding a Denver Broncos helmet that could potentially belong to Von Miller,” the Broncos said in a statement. “As it is an ongoing investigation, we will refer all additional questions and inquiries to the NFL.”
Monday, the NFL confirmed it located two Super Bowl jerseys belonging to Brady. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported the same suspects, said by the NFL to be credentialed international media, were believed to have taken the Broncos helmet from Super Bowl 50.
“Through the cooperation of the NFL and New England Patriots‘ security teams, the FBI and other law enforcement authorities, the Super Bowl LI jersey worn last month by MVP Tom Brady has been recovered,” the NFL said in a statement. “Also retrieved during the ongoing investigation was the jersey Brady wore in the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks in 2015.
“The items were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media. Due to the ongoing investigation, we would refer any additional questions to the FBI.”
The jerseys were found in Mexico, according to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, and are now with the NFL in Boston to undergo testing for authentication.
A man said to be involved is Mauricio Ortego, the former director of Diario La Prensa, a newspaper in Honduras. The paper released a statement in Spanish on Monday that said Ortega resigned March 14 and that the paper, as loosely translated, was surprised and disappointed to learn of his involvement.
The Houston police report for Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey listed its estimated value at $500,000.
The exact value of the helmet that was stolen isn’t known, but for comparison, the Broncos helmet that was stolen from a July 31 training camp practice at the team’s facility in Englewood was valued at more than $400.