CASH and mobile phones were stolen as two cricket clubs were raided – as the teams played just metres away.
A thief rifled through coats and bags at clubs in Rolleston and Dunstall over the weekend after sneaking into dressing rooms while the innings were in progress.
Players returned to the changing area to find many of their belongings had been snatched.
Officials at both clubs have urged other teams in the area to increase security following the double raid.
Eight Rolleston players had valuables stolen during their game against Lullington between 1.30pm and 4pm on Saturday, which included cash, credit cards, mobile phones and an iPod after the crook got in through a back door at the Dovecliff Road ground.
The same thing then happened at Dunstall Cricket Club the following day, between 2pm and 4pm, with three mobile phones and an iPod stolen as the club’s junior development team took on Penkridge.
Rolleston chairman Bob James said: “Someone got in through the back door during the game. We have had quite a lot of stuff taken. They got a considerable amount of money as well as several mobile phones.”
Dunstall chairman Andy Mandleberg said the club would review security during games in light of the incident.
He said: “There is clearly somebody targeting clubs. We have had break-ins before but never during a game. When the first and second teams play we always lock up but for other games perhaps security is that bit lower. Whoever it was quickly upped and left so I think the chances of getting anything back are pretty remote.
“The players of both clubs didn’t know each other so somebody could have easily wandered in.
“I want to urge other clubs to be on their guard because two in the same weekend can’t be a coincidence.”
Inspector Rob Neeson, of Burton Police, said: “Clearly there is someone going round targeting these sorts of premises and it’s about keeping changing rooms secure and making sure they are locked.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101.