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New details emerge regarding Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jersey

Tom Brady’s jersey from Super Bowl LI already had been stolen before media entered the New England Patriots locker room, according to a new report filed Wednesday by Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson.

The NFL, Patriots and members of the Texas law-enforcement community are all working on the case and a timeline is beginning to take shape that sheds light on exactly when Brady’s jersey likely disappeared.

NFL sources suspect the theft occurred in a 15-minute window between approximately 10:05 p.m. and 10:20 p.m. CT. Brady was conducting his MVP press conference during that time.

Footage has since surfaced of Brady returning to the locker room and discovering his No. 12 jersey was no longer in his bag.

The Yahoo! report indicates that “only individuals inside were Patriots players, team officials and employees, family of New England executives, NFL employees and security.”

NFL sources reportedly told Yahoo! Sports that the Patriots had no video surveillance in their locker room at NRG Stadium. There are indications, however, that there may be footage from security cameras outside the locker room that may lead to identifying potential suspects.

That said, even with the timeline being established that pinpoints when Brady’s jersey was stolen, has not yet generated any significant leads.

Initial estimates pegged the jersey’s value at approximately $100,000, if not more. Later reports suggest it could be worth upwards of $500,000. Although any acquisition of the prized piece of memorabilia, having been stolen, would have to “sold privately or underground,” according to memorabilia expert Phil Castinetti of Sportsworld.

“I put it in my bag, and then I came out and it wasn’t there anymore. So it’s unfortunate because that’s a nice piece of memorabilia. So if it turns up on eBay somewhere, someone let me know,” Brady said at a Monday press conference.