Volleyball player Jordyn Poulter Wednesday thanked the owners of an Anaheim barber shop who found her stolen Olympic gold medal.
The medal and other items were stolen May 25 from Poulter’s car when it was parked in a garage on East Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim, where the team trains, according to Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Jacob Gallacher.
Maria Carrillo and Noe Hernandez, the owners of Noel Barbershop, found a discarded plastic bag containing the medal at their business property at 417 N. State College Blvd., Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Shane Carringer said. They were getting ready to throw the bag away when they noticed by the weight there was something inside and when they checked it out they found the medal, he added.
“It is very exciting and surprising news that the medal has been found and recovered,” Poulter said in Calgary, Alberta, where the U.S. women’s national team defeated Belgium, 3-0, in a Volleyball Nations League match Wednesday. “A huge thank you to the couple who returned it to the Anaheim PD, as well as to everyone who has helped in this case. I am forever grateful.”
The medal won at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Games and other items were stolen May 25 from Poulter’s car when it was parked in a garage on East Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim, where the team trains, according to Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Jacob Gallacher.
Jordan Fernandez, 31, of Anaheim, is accused of stealing the medal. He is charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of identity theft, and bringing or sending a controlled substance into jail, all felonies, as well as a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records.
Fernandez is scheduled for a preliminary hearing July 8.
Fernandez had pleaded guilty on April 17, 2020, to a felony count of robbery and was sentenced to 120 days in jail and placed on three years of probation. He was jailed again for 60 days Jan. 27 of this year for violating terms of probation.