The Sun Chronicle
A 33-year-old man was arrested at the New England Patriots Hall of Fame exhibit Thursday after cops say he tried to smuggle a Tom Brady jersey out under his shirt.
The TB12 jersey was part of a locker room display — and officials say it's valued around $10,000. There are reports the jersey was signed and game-used, but Patriots officials tell us that's NOT TRUE. It was just a display jersey.
Well, Zanini Cineus apparently wanted it for himself and allegedly tried to stuff the uniform under his shirt — along with a glove from the exhibit — and make a break for it.
But, officials say he SLIPPED during the attempted theft … which alerted cops to his actions … and they swarmed in to make the bust.
Cops say Cineus was WEARING the stolen jersey under his jacket when they found him.
Cineus was charged with larceny — but pled not guilty … although he reportedly admitted taking the jersey to officials and local reporters.
Of course, it's not the first time someone swiped a Tom Brady jersey … Mauricio Ortega jacked Tom's game-worn jersey after Super Bowl 51 in 2017.
Turns out, Ortega — a member of the news media — had been stealing memorabilia from locker rooms for years and selling it on the black market.