US volleyball player and Olympic champion Jordyn Poulter has his gold medal stolen in Anaheim

ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) – It’s one thing to lose a passport or a cell phone, but losing an Olympic gold medal is quite another.

“My gold medal was taken out of my car,” said US volleyball player and Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Poulter. “My car was parked in my garage where I live, a two-car garage. The garage was open and my bag containing my passport and medal was taken from my car.”

Poulter won the gold medal at the Tokyo Summer Olympics.

Since then, she’s taken her gold medal pretty much everywhere.

“We live this crazy life in so many different places. So many of us play abroad, then go home, then come here and train,” Pouler said. “So I keep the medal with me [to show] Friends and family I haven’t seen in a while, or just people in the community who want to see the medal. Everyone feels connected when they meet an Olympian and it’s such a cool thing to share.”

The theft occurred on Wednesday, May 25, in Anaheim at the property where Poulter currently resides.

She said when she got into her vehicle she noticed the center console was open and her gold medal was removed along with a bag of other items.

“I think my first reaction was, ‘Why didn’t I close the garage door?’ It’s such an unfortunate disappointment because my initial thought is never to think the worst of what would happen. But things like that happen and it’s unfortunate. You learn very quickly from that.”

The Anaheim Police Department is investigating the case.

They hope that if the thief tries to sell the medal at a pawn shop or online, anyone who sees it will call the detectives.

“To try and sell something like that in a pawn shop, that would be something I hope a pawn shop would immediately alert the authorities to,” Anaheim PD Sgt. Jakob Gallacher said. “It’s such a unique object.”

Poulter was asked if she had a message for the person or people who stole her gold medal.

“First of all, it’s not pure gold, so if you try to melt it down, it won’t get you very far,” she said. “The inside is made from recycled computer parts and then it’s coated, and it’s not worth much in that sense, and I don’t think it has as much sentimental value as it does to me.”

In light of the tragic events earlier this week that left at least 21 people dead in a shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, Poulter said it was easy to put things into perspective.

“With all the shooting and these kids, something like that seems so insignificant compared to something like that,” she said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Anaheim Police Department.

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