Stolen Olympic gold medal found in southern California

Stolen Olympic gold medal found in southern California

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A stolen Olympic gold medal belonging to a member of the 2020 U.S. Women’s Volleyball Team has been found in Southern California, authorities said Wednesday.

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Haleigh Washington (22) and Jordyn Poulter (2) in action vs Brazil Gabriela Braga Guimaraes (10) during Women's Final at Ariake Arena. USA wins gold. Tokyo, Japan 8/8/2021 

Haleigh Washington (22) and Jordyn Poulter (2) in action vs Brazil Gabriela Braga Guimaraes (10) during Women’s Final at Ariake Arena. USA wins gold. Tokyo, Japan 8/8/2021  (Photo by Kohjiro Kinno/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)

Jordyn Poulter reported the medal stolen May 25 after the Olympian discovered her car broken into at a parking garage in Anaheim, police said.

Detectives later arrested a suspect in the theft, but weren’t immediately able to locate the missing medal.

On Monday, the owners of an Anaheim barbershop reported finding the gold medal inside a plastic bag discarded outside their business, police said in a statement. They handed it over to police, who plan on returning it to Poulter.

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Jordyn Poulter (Unet E-Work Busto Arsizio) during the Volleyball Italian Serie A1 Women match Savino Del Bene Scandicci vs Unet E-Work Busto Arsizio on February 06, 2022 at the Palazzetto dello Sport  in Scandicci (FI), Italy 

Jordyn Poulter (Unet E-Work Busto Arsizio) during the Volleyball Italian Serie A1 Women match Savino Del Bene Scandicci vs Unet E-Work Busto Arsizio on February 06, 2022 at the Palazzetto dello Sport  in Scandicci (FI), Italy  (Photo by Filippo Tomasi/LiveMedia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The 31-year-old suspect is charged with residential burglary, vehicle burglary, identity theft and possession of narcotics, officials said earlier this month.

The suspect, an Anaheim resident, has a “lengthy criminal history,” a police statement said.

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Jordyn Poulter during the Volleyball Italian Serie A1 Women match Unet E-Work Busto Arsizio vs Megabox Vallefoglia on January 16, 2022 at the E-Work Arena in Busto Arsizio (VA), Italy

Jordyn Poulter during the Volleyball Italian Serie A1 Women match Unet E-Work Busto Arsizio vs Megabox Vallefoglia on January 16, 2022 at the E-Work Arena in Busto Arsizio (VA), Italy (Photo by Mattia Martegani/LiveMedia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Poulter was part of the team that won gold at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, after the games were delayed a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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