Jesse Lingard reportedly had his watch stolen from the West Ham dressing rooms as he was playing football just meters away.
The midfielder, 28, was playing in the Premier League against Everton on May 9 when the thief allegedly entered the room.
Officers were called to the ground shortly after but they apparently have no idea how anyone would have broken in, as it’s only accessible to the footballers and senior officials.
It’s also patrolled by security, along with being monitored by CCTV.
A source informed The Sun: “Jesse was devastated, but nobody can believe it.
“It’s completely unheard of for something to be stolen from inside the players’ dressing rooms during a game.
“Security at the stadium is top class. There are staff guarding the tunnel and all those areas — as well as CCTV all over the place.
“Of course everyone has searched high and low but it appears it has definitely been taken, and there was no option but to call in the police.”
They added: “Everyone is gutted for him, he loved that watch and thought it would be safe.
“It goes without saying Premier League footballers are well paid, and many of them have expensive items including clothing and jewellery.
“But it would just never occur to anyone that it could be taken from there. It’s a real shock.”
Footballers are often targeted for their highly expensive possessions.
Back in 2016, West Ham striker Andy Carroll almost had his £22,000 watch stolen from him as he was driving home from the club’s training ground.
He was approached at a set of traffic lights by a man on a motorcycle who appeared to have a gun.
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