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Three gold medals stolen from Paralympian's car in Texas

Jen Lee, a sledge hockey player, tweeted video of someone breaking into his car and stealing a backpack that had the medals in it. The bag and the medals were later recovered.

Three gold medals stolen from a Paralympian's car in Texas Saturday were recovered by the next day, according to police.

Jen Lee, a sledge hockey player, tweeted Saturday night that someone had broken into his car at The Rim, a mall in San Antonio, and stolen a bag that had all three medals in it.

"Asking for help getting them back n getting the word out in any way possible," Lee tweeted with surveillance video of the man breaking into his car and getting away with the bag.

Image: Jen Lee
Gold medal winner Jen Lee of Team United States celebrates during the Para Ice Hockey medal ceremony at the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics at the National Indoor Stadium on March 13, 2022 in Beijing, China.Michael Steele / Getty Images file

San Antonio Police Department Chief Bill McManus also tweeted out the surveillance video, and then announced 10 hours later that the medals had been found.

"Well, that didn’t take long… looks like we recovered the the backpack with the medals!!" McManus said.

Police said the bag was found at a San Antonio fire station. 

Investigators still have possession of the medals to see if fingerprints were left on them. "No suspect has been identified and this is still an active investigation," police said.

Lee, who grew up in the San Francisco area, told NBC Bay Area that he realized it wasn't a good idea to leave his medals in the car. He was planning to take them to a friend's house to show their family.

“I take responsibility as well for not being more cautious,” he said.

Lee, an Army veteran, had his left leg amputated above the knee after injuring it in a motorcycle accident in 2009. He and team USA won gold at the 2014, 2018 and 2022 Paralympics.