3 Olympic volleyball medals stolen at home in California


LAGUNA HILLS, CA. – Authorities were looking for three Olympic medals Thursday belonging to a member of the U.S. women’s volleyball team after they were stolen from a Southern California home.

The medals were temporarily stored at a Laguna Hills home and were in a safe that was taken during a burglary on Oct. 29, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.

No arrests were made.

The gold medal came from the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, the silver from the London Olympics in 2012 and the bronze from the 2016 Games in Brazil.

Authorities did not immediately identify the owner of the medals.

This is the second time this year that a medal belonging to a member of the women’s volleyball team has been stolen in Orange County.

Jordyn Poulter reported that her 2020 gold medal was stolen on May 25 after her car was broken into in a parking lot in Anaheim, police said.

Detectives later arrested a suspect in the robbery, but were unable to immediately locate the missing medal. It was finally returned in June after the owners of an Anaheim hair salon reported finding the medal in a discarded plastic bag outside their business and turning it over to police.

A 31-year-old Anaheim resident described by police as having a lengthy criminal history has been charged with theft.

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