The Mirror, 02/11/07
By SHAUN MILNE
& MARK SMITH
SNEAK THIEVES targeted Hibs FC’s first team squad and made off with a £3500 Tag Heuer watch and other goods as the players trained just yards away.
Cash, credit cards and wallets were also stolen from lockers as players were put through their paces by club boss John Collins ahead of Sunday’s Edinburgh derby.
Raiders struck at changing rooms being used by the squad at playing fields just off Peffermill Road in Edinburgh, not far from their Easter Road home.
French player Guillaume Beuzelin was said to be among the biggest losers with jewellery, cash, a bag and phones all being lifted,
Mickael Antoine-Curier, goalkeeper Andy McNeil and Republic of Ireland winger Alan O’Brien are also said to have fallen victim to the thieves.
Police investigating the raid believe a gang of three men could be behind the robbery.
Detectives based at nearby Craigmillar police station said they had been seen by passers-by “acting suspiciously” close to the scene of the crime.
Mobile phones containing the numbers of other SPL players and agents were also taken by the gang,
Lothian and Borders Police confirmed they were investigating the raid that happened between 9.30am and 11.15am on Thursday, October 25,
A force spokesman said: “In particular we are keen for any information regarding three men who were seen acting suspiciously nearby.”
All three men were said to be white, aged around 35 years old, two of them around 6ft tall, dark haired, both with dark coloured clothing and one possibly with a moustache.
The third man was said to be around 5ft tall, of stocky build, wearing a light coloured jacket, and had blonde, shoulder length hair.
Hibs, who are currently fourth in the SPL, play CIS Cup semi finalist Hearts at Easter Road on Sunday, shown live on TV by Setanta Sports.
*This article first appeared in the Scottish Daily Mirror, Saturday November 3, 2007.
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