Former New Zealand cricketer Bryan Young says he has learnt his lesson after unique cricket memorabilia, including his ceremonial and playing caps, was stolen when left clearly visible in his car.
"I've learnt my lesson the hard way about leaving valuables in the car," Young said.
"I left my bag on the front seat in plain view and it's been stolen. I am absolutely gutted about the theft of my caps, particularly the original one that has sentimental value and is irreplaceable."
Sometime overnight Saturday or early morning Sunday, Young's Subaru was broken into in Auckland. The car was parked near Ascot Rd on Remuera Rd.
Among the items stolen was Young's official, personal NZ Cricket Black Cap which is presented to players by NZ Cricket at the end of their careers. It was in a timber box with a gold plaque on the lid and was engraved with "B.A Young".
Inside were two caps - one ceremonial with the silver fern on the front and Bryan's personal number, 187, embroidered on the back. The cap below it was the cap Young wore during his cricket career and had the silver fern on the front and the nickname "BAZ" written in pen on the inside, police said.
Other items taken include cricket book The Immortals valued at more than $500, an Ellesse Chronograph men's watch worth more than $300, two cufflink cases (one black, the other silver) with six sets of cufflinks inside, including a pair of black onyx rectangular ones with gold trim that belonged to Young's grandfather.
The items may have been taken away in a purple suitcase with a handle and wheels that was taken from the car.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sergeant Grant Harris at Glen Innes on 09 524 1961 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- Fairfax Media
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