Police have enlisted Chiefs fans to try to catch the burglars who ransacked the home of Chiefs' coach Dave Rennie while his team were securing the Super Rugby final on Saturday night.
The burglars took a safe containing jewellery belonging to Rennie's wife and left the North Hamilton home badly damaged.
"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," Rennie told the Waikato Times.
"It certainly put a dampener on the night."
Police are hoping the strong community support behind the team's win can be harnessed to find the culprits.
Detective Sergeant Neville Ross confirmed police were called to the family's home by neighbours about 10.45pm on Saturday.
"The neighbours had heard a suspicious noise and gone to investigate, found the home had been broken into, and then rang police," he said on Monday.
"A police dog and handler were part of the initial response. However, the track of the offenders was lost after a short distance which indicates the offenders probably had a car waiting a short distance away."
Det Sgt Ross said any members of the public, gold buyers or jewellers were asked to contact police if they come across Mrs Rennie's distinctive gold jewellery, including three nine-carat bracelets, a nine-carat necklace and 14-carat bracelet.
"Investigators believe information key to identifying who was responsible for this burglary lies within the local community," he said.
"It was this same community being served by Mr Rennie's team in terms of a positive lift to the region with the Chiefs' win and we would like Chiefs fans to become our eyes and ears on this matter."Concerns have been raised that the Chiefs were being targeted by thieves, after Sonny Bill Williams was burgled two months ago while out playing rugby.
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