06.07.2022 | 9:15 PM | ANAHEIM – A man with a lengthy criminal history was arrested in connection with the theft of an Olympic gold medal, police announced Tuesday.
Jordan Fernandez, 31, of Anaheim, a man who police say has an extensive criminal history, was arrested and charged with first degree residential burglary, second degree vehicle burglary, felony identity theft, and felony possession of narcotics.
The arrest came following an investigation stemming from the May 25, 2022 theft of a 2020 Tokyo Olympics Gold Medal for women’s volleyball awarded to Jordyn Poulter while it was inside her vehicle in the 1500 block of East Lincoln Avenue.
Although the medal was not recovered, Fernandez was ultimately arrested in connection with the theft and formally charged by the Orange County District Attorney’s office.
Fernandez is being held in the Orange County Jail without the possibility of bail until his next court appearance on Jun. 15, 2022.
Poulter is offering a no questions asked reward of $1,000 for the safe return of the medal.
Anyone with information regarding the theft or whereabouts of the stolen medal are asked to contact the Anaheim Police Department at (714) 765-1900.