California woman finds McDonald’s bag on her property with Olympic gold medal inside

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When an Anaheim, California accountant left her office at the end of a day, she noticed a McDonald’s bag littered on her property. Maria Carillo was about to throw it, but its heavy weight left her curious. Although she expected it to contain a rock, she couldn’t help but peek inside, and that’s when she discovered a medal of Olympic gold in pristine condition – surrounded by wadding hamburger wrappers and other trash.

“My first thought was, ‘This is so beautiful, is it?'” she said. But no, it had to be a fake, said her husband, who runs a hair salon, when she called to tell him the news.

But it wasn’t a fake. According to the Washington Post:

She pulled it out and saw the words “Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020″, along with the five Olympic rings and the Greek goddess Nike. …

” Nope [Carillo’s husband] has a friend who works for the police department, and it turns out he was coming in for a haircut,” Carrillo said. ” As soon as [the officer] saw it, he told my husband it was real and had been stolen.”

Police checked their records and told the couple the gold medal belonged to Jordyn Poulter, the starting setter for the 2020 U.S. Women’s Volleyball Team. On May 25, they reported it stolen from her car while parked in his garage in Anaheim.

Poulter and her teammates won the medal at the Summer Olympics after defeating longtime rivals Brazil and winning Olympic gold for the first time in team history.

About two weeks after the burglary, Anaheim police arrested a suspect in the robbery, but they were unable to recover Poulter’s medal. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office charged Jordan Fernandez, 31, with burglary and other offenses on June 7. He is due to appear in a preliminary hearing on July 8.

It’s still unclear how the gold medal (in this case, actually made from recycled computer and smartphone parts, then plated in gold, according to Poulter) ended up in Carillo’s business.


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