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Dubs' stolen gear recovered, still no silverware found

CCTV footage of the ground helped identify the culprits.

AFTER THEIR DRESSING-ROOM was burgled on Tuesday night during the O’Byrne Cup clash at St Loman’s in Mullingar, the Dublin players’ stolen equipment and gear have been recovered.

The Hogan Stand writes that the missing personal affects – including all Stephen Cluxton’s gear – have been found thanks to the  use of CCTV footage at the grounds ‘which helped identify the culprits responsible’.

Pat Gilroy’s men were beaten 0-12 to 1-8 by Westmeath.

The Dublin coach said afterwards: “A good bit of equipment has been taken. One of the players has had everything taken. Everyone is checking to see what else is gone.

It’s disappointing that this should happen at an inter-county fixture We’re not sure what’s gone at the moment because the lads are looking around their gear to check.

The Hogan Stand quotes Dublin county board chairman Andy Kettle, describing the theft as “extremely regrettable”.

“There wasn’t a huge amount taken,” he added, “but that it happened at all is extremely regrettable.”

“There were phones, clothes and jerseys taken, that kind of stuff. Whether they were ‘trophies’, I don’t know, but it seems strange that in some cases they stole clothes and left wallets behind.

“It happened before half-time, and when the players came in at the break it’s fair to say that they weren’t best pleased,” he added.