GAA clubs put on alert after thieves target dressing rooms

GAA clubs have been warned they are now prime targets for sneaky thieves who are brazenly stealing from dressing rooms while players train.

In the latest incident, members of a Kerry GAA club had thousands of euro worth of belongings stolen from their dressing room and cars while they trained for a county semi-final.

St Kieran’s senior squad discovered cash, iPhones, jewellery, and car keys gone when they finished training on Thursday night at the home of Castleisland Desmonds GAA club.

Thieves ransacked their cars too, before dumping the keys into a wheelie bin and making their getaway. One of the squad had to be driven back to Limerick because his car keys were not found.

An upset St Kieran’s manager Martin Horgan said: “They targeted the cars and used the car keys to enter every car and either move stuff or take valuables. It was like the thieves ghosted in and ghosted out. It is after putting a real downer on our preparations for the semi-final and it will take us a couple of sessions to get the heads right again.

“We will obviously have to change venue and players are very upset.

“We are offering a reward for information that might lead to the recovery of any items, but especially sentimental stuff that was taken.

“The main reason we decided to go public with this was to warn other clubs that are training now under lights for various championships that thieves may have found new targets, so we must all be alert and be vigilant.”

St Kieran’s, a divisional outfit around the Castleisland district of Kerry, play Dingle next Sunday in the county SFC semi-final. The squad, which includes Kerry players Seamus Scanlon and Padraig Reidy and Kerry U21 star James Walsh, had just begun training when thieves made their way around the dressing room between 7.30pm and 8.10pm on Thursday. They removed all clothing, as well as other personal items.

They then took keys of as many cars as possible and cooly went around the car park ransacking vehicles, taking money, wallets, jewellery, iPhones, and CDs.

One player had his rent money stolen, while another who had come straight to training from work had a suit stolen.

Gardaí are investigating.

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