EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea players have wallets and watches stolen in training ground raid
06:28 GMT, 26 September 2012
Chelsea have called in police after six wallets, nine mobile phones and several watches were stolen from staff and players at the training ground in yet another amazing security breach at the club.
The thefts, which took place earlier this month, were discovered when the players returned to the changing room after training at their Cobham base in Surrey.
It is the latest serious incident at the training ground this year and has caused disruption and anger amongst the players affected.
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Earlier this year a knife was discovered in the dressing room at the club’s academy. The club claimed it had been mislaid by a workman.
Chelsea fired academy starlet Jacob Mellis after he caused a full-scale evacuation of the training complex by letting off a smoke bomb.
On top of that, three of Chelsea’s staff damaged the European Cup while posing for unauthorised pictures with the trophy won in a thrilling final against Bayern Munich last May.
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Players are now demanding to know how their possessions could have been taken during an hour-and-a-half training session.
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A club spokesman said: ‘A number of personal items were recently stolen from the academy dressing room area. The matter is currently being investigated by the police. CCTV footage is being handed to them and confirms the thefts were carried out by a lone intruder not connected with the training ground site.
‘Other local premises near to the training ground were targeted that day and may be connected. Nobody at Chelsea FC is under suspicion.’
Although Chelsea insist the thefts are not an inside job, police have yet to make an arrest after they were called in last week.
This is the first time police have been called to the training ground about alleged thefts, but there have been various disturbing reports involving players’ personal effects this year.
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Players have frequently complained about cash going missing from their changing room but there has never been any proof of theft.
Chelsea are convinced the crimes have been committed by an opportunist thief walking into the training ground. Police are studying CCTV footage of the facility.
On Tuesday night, Chelsea said the thefts did not involve the first-team dressing room, but the identities of the victims have not been revealed.