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Feb 19, 2013 9:19 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Female boxer gets championship belts back


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two stolen championship belts have been returned to a female boxer after Los Angeles police linked a fingerprint to the suspected burglar.

The jewel-encrusted gold belts were recently given back to Jennifer Grooms who had the prized possessions stolen last year. Authorities found the belts on Friday at the bottom of a hamper at the home of 20-year-old Jose Pedraza.

Police say fingerprints matching Pedraza's were left on a mirror in the burglarized home. Grooms, who went by the name of Jennifer "The Razor" Barber during her boxing career, believed the belts would never be recovered.

She won nine belts as an amateur.

Police said Pedraza, an undocumented immigrant, recently finished serving time in county jail for two other burglaries. He has been transferred from jail to federal custody, pending an uncontested deportation to Mexico.

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