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California home broken into, safe containing 3 Olympic medals taken from US women’s volleyball member

Authorities in Southern California said three Olympic medals belonging to a U.S. women’s volleyball team member were stolen during a home burglary last week, the second instance in which a team member had their medal taken this year. 

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department said a residence in Laguna Hills was broken into on the evening of Oct. 29 where the medals were being temporarily stored. 

The medals – a gold, silver and bronze – belong to a member of the 2012, 2016 and 2020 U.S. women’s volleyball teams. They were in a safe that was taken. The volleyball team won the gold at the most recent games in Tokyo, which was delayed a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The silver was won during the 2012 London Olympics and the bronze was captured in the 2016 games hosted by Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

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Authorities have not identified which athlete the medals belonged to. Fox News Digital has reached out to the sheriff’s department. 

Investigators have not identified a suspect in the case. 

Earlier this year, the owners of a barbershop in Anaheim, also in Orange County, returned a medal belonging to Jordyn Poulter. The Olympian reported it stolen on May 25 when she discovered her car broken into at a parking garage in Anaheim.

The barbershop owners found it in a plastic bag outside the business and handed it over to the police. 

The 31-year-old suspect charged in the case has a “lengthy criminal history,” police said. 

Poulter was part of the team that won gold at the Tokyo Olympics.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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