Burglars spoil Chiefs' win

Wellington - Burglars ransacked the home of Chiefs coach Dave Rennie while his side were winning a maiden Super Rugby title in Hamilton, he has revealed.

Rennie said his Huntington home was badly damaged when thieves stole a safe holding his wife's jewellery as the Chiefs cruised to a 36-7 victory over the Sharks at Waikato Stadium, a few kilometres away.

"The safe was pretty small but getting it out would have been a hell of a job and they did a lot of damage in the process," he told the Waikato Times.

"It certainly put a dampener on the night."

Rennie believed he had been deliberately targeted because the burglars knew he would be at Saturday's game, with star centre Sonny Bill Williams the victim of a similar burglary in May during a match against the Northern Bulls.

"It is concerning," Rennie told the newspaper. "Unfortunately there are people who prey on these situations."

Waikato police urged locals to be on the lookout for distinctive jewellery stolen in the burglary, saying it was a way the community could repay the Chiefs' effort in winning the Super Rugby crown.

"We would like Chiefs fans to become our eyes and ears on the matter," detective sergeant Neville Ross said.

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yuu.mee.351 2012/08/06 11:07:54 AM
We all know Newzealand has no crime,so I'm sure these buglars migrated from Dbn years ago
Heihachi Mishima 2012/08/06 11:26:24 AM
Hogwash, theres no crime in newzealand.typical south african news trying to cover the fact that their best team got molested by the chiefs!
Bhut'Lunga Tsolekile 2012/08/06 11:46:27 AM
warren 2012/08/06 12:27:30 PM
Just proves a point - there are "sharks" all over the world. Sad that hearing about a crime in another country makes us feel a bit better about our own situation. Thats a real low point to reach ...
Heystek Erasmus 2012/08/06 12:39:04 PM
Eish,just shows what classy types live on those islands
BlouMasjien BlouBloed 2012/08/06 12:48:53 PM
Burglars ?a few names spring to mind ...Cooper, Beale . . .
Hugo Read 2012/08/06 04:17:06 PM
Northern Bulls? What is wrong with you?