Thief steals Pompey reserves’ valuables during match

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CELEBRATIONS after a Pompey victory quickly turned sour after players discovered their belongings had been stolen.

The club’s reserve team had gone to the changing rooms following their 6-1 win over Gillingham to find they had been broken into.
Thieves seized items including watches, cash and phones and the police were informed following the discovery.
The game had been held yesterday afternoon at Gillingham’s training ground, Beechings Cross, and possessions belonging to both team’s players had been taken.
Pompey first-team coach Paul Hardyman said: ‘It was a fantastic result on the pitch, but not the best of days off it.
‘We were buzzing after the result and when the players returned to the changing rooms to get showered and changed for the long trip home we found they had been broken into.
‘There was stuff on the floor, somebody else found their bag open, and bits and pieces had gone missing.
‘There were three or four of our lads who had been targeted, the thieves taking watches, cash and phones, while the Gillingham players were hit as well.
‘Our trip home had to be delayed while we gave statements to the police but you would imagine the chances of finding the people responsible is pretty remote.’
It comes after boxing gear was stolen from Pompey kitman Kev McCormack.
The theft took place in January while Kev’s van was parked inside Fratton Park, at the Milton End.
A bag full of boxing clothes and accessories were taken which Kev had been using to train for a charity boxing event. The one-off event was to raise money for the Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation – a charity founded in memory of Oakley who died from leukaemia.
Police later found the boxing gear in the Portsmouth area – with Kev being told by officers they had seen someone put a kit bag in a skip in 
Landport.
The possessions were then handed back to Kev.