A VISITING rugby team has been left heartbroken after valuables worth £15,000 were stolen during a game.
Andover Ladies’ rugby team were in Portsmouth for a tournament at HMS Temeraire, off Burnaby Road.
But during the game a bootbag full of their mobile phones, jewellery and purses was stolen.
This comes just seven days after the Guernsey Ladies’ rugby team had a bag stolen from the touchline in their game against the Portsmouth Valkyries at the ground ion Norway Road, Hilsea.
As reported in The News, wedding jewellery, phones and cash were taken.
Andover Ladies had left the bag on the touchline with supporters when it went missing on December 14.
Captain Emma Downiton said the team is angry and upset.
‘We have tallied up what was taken we think it was worth about £15,000,’ she said.
‘There weren’t any lockers available during the tournament so we put all our valuables in a bag and put it down with kit near our supporters.
‘But some time during the tournament, we had to move to another pitch.
‘During this move, someone who claimed to be a groundsman holding a binbag offered to help.
‘He was speaking to supporters saying he was a groundsman and watched rugby there often.
‘He had a good way of getting people to think he was a groundsman.
‘It was about 10 minutes after we moved pitches, we noticed the bag was gone.
‘We think the man was checking out the bags while they were being moved.’
In the bag was two weddings rings, three engagement rings, an eternity ring, 10 mobile phones, keys and 10 purses.
Emma added: ‘We’re devastated but we’re angry too.
‘It is heartbreaking for the people that lost their jewellery.’
She added: ‘The United Services Portsmouth ladies’ team were really helpful.
‘They were incredible with helping us deal with it.’
A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘We’re in the early stages of an investigation into a theft reported at Burnaby Road rugby ground on December 14.
‘There is no information to suggest a link to any other crimes.’
Anyone with information should call District CID at Fratton police station on 101.