Reece James has uploaded CCTV footage to social media showing the moment his Champions League, Super Cup and Euro 2020 medals were stolen from his house.
The 21-year-old says he was playing for Chelsea when the incident took place.
James was in action at Stamford Bridge against FC Zenit in the Champions League on Tuesday September 14 when a group of ‘cowardly robbers’ broke into his house and escaped with a safe.
“On the evening of the 14th of September 2021 when I was playing for my club in the return of the Champions League, a group of cowardly robbers broke into my house,” James wrote on Instagram.
“They managed to collectively lift a heavy safe containing some personal items of mine into their car. I never keep any jewellery of mine in my house so all that was contained in the safe were my Champions League winners medal and Super Cup winners medal and the runners up medal for the Euro 2020.
“These medals were won representing Chelsea and England - honours that can never be taken away from me whether or not I have the physical medals to prove it. Nevertheless, I am appealing to all my Chelsea and England fans to help identify and turn in these low life individuals who will never be able to rest easy as the evidence is mounting against them.
“The police, my advisers and Chelsea FC (and many others) are all behind me as we have firm leads on who the perpetrators are. We are closing in on them.
“Luckily, no one was present during the break in but I want to let all of you know I am safe and well.
“I really do appreciate having the platform to tell you all about my misfortune and I hope together we can catch these individuals and deliver justice where it is due.”
Video: Reece James's medals stolen
You can watch the footage here…
James won his Champions League medal last season after Chelsea beat Manchester City in the final.
He then secured a Euro 2020 runners-up medal after England reached their first major final since the 1966 World Cup.
One month later, in August, James was part of the Chelsea squad that beat Villarreal in the Super Cup final.
Let’s hope those responsible are brought to justice and that James is reunited with his medals as soon as possible.
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