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20 July 2010, 09:43 | Updated: 20 July 2010, 09:46
Police are appealing for witnesses following the theft of property from the changing rooms of two cricket pavilions on Saturday July 17.
The first incident occurred at Doncaster Farm in Chestnut Avenue, Chandler’s Ford between 1.50pm and 5.20pm.
While the game was being played, property belonging to four players was stolen from the unlocked changing room.
Property stolen included a wallet, mobile phones and three sets of car keys including those of a black Vauxhall Astra which was subsequently located and stolen from the car park.
Inside the vehicle was an Austin Powers fancy dress costume, tools, satellite navigation system and digital camera.
The second incident occurred between 2pm and 5pm at the cricket club in Boyes Lane, Colden Common.
The unlocked changing rooms were entered while the game was being played and the player’s kit bags searched.
Two sets of car keys were stolen and used to gain entry into vehicles left in the car park.
A black wallet and two mobile phones were stolen from inside the glove box of a white Hyundai Civic.
The offenders then stole a dark grey Audi A5 using the keys.
Detective Sergeant Darren Ford said: “We are currently treating these incidents as connected and would like to hear from anyone with information about the thefts or about the whereabouts of the stolen property.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to warn drivers not to leave property in their vehicles while they are unattended even if you are only a short distance away.
“It is also important to think about the security of your personal property when taking part in sport activities. You could consider leaving valuables at home.”
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact DC Darren Ford at Lyndhurst CID on 101. Alternatively you can call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.