U.S. Olympian’s gold medal recovered after Anaheim theft

Jordan Fernandez was arrested on suspicion of stealing an Olympian’s gold medal on May 25, 2022. (Anaheim Police Department)

A United States Olympian’s gold medal has been recovered after it was allegedly stolen by an Anaheim man last month.

Jordyn poulter reported the loss of her gold medal to police on May 25, 2012. A vehicle burglary in a parking garage located at the 1500 block East Lincoln Avenue

Police began to investigate and identified Jordan Fernandez, 31 years old, is the suspect in this theft.

On June 7, detectives were arrested Fernandez was arrested on suspicion for first-degree residential burglary, 2nd degree vehicle burglary. Fernandez was also suspected of felony identity theft, and felony possession narcotics.

But they didn’t find the medal.

The Olympian at 24 years old, who was a member of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics women’s volleyball team, had been offering a $1,000 reward for the return of her gold, no questions asked.

The owners of Noel Barbershop found Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Poulter's medal in Anaheim. (Anaheim Police Department)
The owners of Noel Barbershop found Jordyn Poulter’s gold medal. (Anaheim Police Department)

Anaheim Barbershop owner Noel found a bag made of plastic on their property. Anaheim Police Department said that the bag contained the missing golden medal.

Maria Carrillo & Noe Hernandez, the owners of the business, requested that it be returned to Anaheim Police.

According to the department, detectives are currently working in coordination to help the Olympian return the gold-colored medal.

Poulter, a native of Aurora, Colorado, was a starting setter on the Olympics women’s volleyball team that defeated Brazil to win the nation’s first gold in the sport last August as part of the delayed 2020 games.


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