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San Antonio Paralympic athlete reunites with his gold medals stolen this weekend

On Wednesday, the person caught on digicam stealing Paralympic medals this weekend was arrested and the medals he stole have been returned to their proprietor.

SAN ANTONIO — A Paralympian was reunited with his gold medals after the person accused of stealing them was arrested.

On Wednesday, San Antonio’s Police Chief and Paralympic athlete Jen Lee spoke after the case of the stolen gold medals got here to a detailed.

After they have been stolen Saturday evening, Lee shared the video of the crime which went viral on Twitter and Facebook. Less than 24 hours later, the  medals have been dropped off to a police substation on the north west facet.

Wednesday morning—the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force arrested the person caught on digicam stealing them.

Jen Lee, a goaltender for the USA Men’s Sled Hockey Paralympic staff stated he was grateful for the work carried out by the San Antonio Police Department in rapidly resolving the case.

The police say it wasn’t simply the video—however assist from the general public that solved this case.

To Lee, it was by no means concerning the gold medals within the first place.

“It’s the memories, the people I connect with, the rehabilitation, the physical therapist to the doctors to my teammates, to the guys I rehabbed alongside with, and each [Paralympic] games,” Lee stated.

But when the medals have been stolen, Lee, a fight veteran, who lost his leg in bike accident in 2009, thought the worst.

“It’s a great accomplishment but in the end it’s material items, I was ready to accept that I was ready to lose them forever,” Lee stated.

The digicam on Lee’s Tesla Model 3 caught 36-year-old Rogelio Solis breaking into Lee’s automobile and stealing the backpack containing the gold medals Saturday evening.

Solis was arrested Wednesday morning round 9:30 am within the 5100 block of Roosevelt Avenue on the town’s south facet.

“I couldn’t imagine this thing going very long without this guy getting caught,” Chief McManus stated he’s grateful to all of the individuals who shared and posted the video. Chief McManus thinks it performed an element within the medals being recovered so rapidly.

“I think that if this individual who broke into Mr. Lee’s car was following this or saw how it was exploding on Twitter, I think that’s why the backpack was left where it was,” Chief McManus stated.

Through all of the adversity lee has confronted—he says the help he obtained over the previous week reminds him these are the folks’s medals.

Lee mirrored on how his navy service bought him to San Antonio. After the bike accident, he moved to San Antonio to carry out his rehabilitation and bought related to Operation Comfort, which helps wounded service veterans. That bought him concerned in sled hockey and, the remainder is historical past.

“From when I enlist to the Army, when you serve and put your right hand up, you know you’re doing this for the right thing. You never expect anything back for this it’s a surreal experience and a memory to be cherished as well,” Lee stated.

Solis is booked into the Bexar County Jail dealing with a single cost of housebreaking theft to a automobile.

Lee says the following large journey for the medals can be to Washington, D.C. in two weeks when the USA Paralympic staff will get to satisfy the president and tour the White House.

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