Stolen Kobe jersey returned to Lower Merion High 2 years later

Jim Melwert
March 13, 2019 - 2:27 pm
Kobe Bryant photographed on court at Lower Merion High School.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Kobe Bryant jersey stolen from a Lower Merion High School display case two years ago has been returned to the school — after it was bought by a collector in China. 

According to ESPN, Liu Zhe bought the jersey for about $2,000 to add to his collection. But when he realized it may have been the jersey that was stolen from the high school in February 2017, he mailed it back to the school.

"The Lower Merion School District is really appreciative that the fan in China did the right thing and returned the jersey to Lower Merion High School," said spokeswoman Amy Buckman. 

Bryant, a Philadelphia native, played at the school from 1992 to '96.

"We remain hopeful that the other stolen items will be returned as well, and we really appreciate the continued work of the Lower Merion Township Police in recovering the items."

In addition to the jersey, a 1996 state championship trophy, Bryant’s All-American plaque, and five pairs of signature sneakers were also stolen.

Liu is not asking for anything in exchange of the jersey, and he is giving police all the information he has about the person who sold it to him.