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Written by: Jim Boardman
starring: Jerzy Dudek, Martin Roche, Melanie Mackerth
co-starring: Adam Wright, A Liverpool FC spokesman, a police spokeswoman
Genre: Crime and Mystery
country: United Kingdom
synopsis: In this crime drama,some dogged Merseyside Police agents are on the case to investigate one of the U.K.'s most infamous shirt robberies.
Quote: "A lot of this stuff which has been stolen is irreplaceable and you can't put a price on it. Jerzy is obviously devastated," a Liverpool spokesman
Dudek's victim of £100k burglary
21 june 2006
One of the heroes of Istanbul, goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek, has been the victim of a major burglary at his home. Dudek was omitted from the Polish squad for the World Cup and was on holiday at the time the burglary took place. Perhaps most upsetting about the crime for him will be the fact that irreplaceable football memoribilia and souveniers were part of the haul.
He's estimated that a total 120 items were stolen, including items like his European Cup winners medal from 2005. He's also lost goalkeeper's gloves and over 100 shirts worn by him for significant games, such as one from the 2002 World Cup finals and his Worthington Cup Final shirt from 2005.
The thieves also got away with a small plasma TV and two gold rings, along with two watches - a £2,500 Rolex, and a Cartier one presented during his Dutch playing days and engraved with the words, "100 Years of the Dutch Football Association".
More valuable perhaps in money terms perhaps was the player's £65,000 Porsche Carrera car. It's said to be extremely distinctive, having Polish plates, left hand drive, and black alloy wheels to match the black bodywork.
According to the Liverpool Daily Post, Merseyside Police feel the items, estimated value totalling £100,000, may turn out to be offered for sale either on the internet or through local dealers. Police want anyone who spots anything for sale to report it.
The break-in was only discovered by a friend of Dudek on Monday night but could have happened at any time in the last week whilst Jerzy was on holiday. A Liverpool FC spokesman explained how badly hit Dudek had been by this blow: "A lot of this stuff which has been stolen is irreplaceable and you can't put a price on it. Jerzy is obviously devastated. We are talking about the memorabilia of someone's career and also a lifetime. Jerzy was made famous by what he did in the Champions League and for someone to have gone into his house and stolen it is despicable. On behalf of the club and the player we would ask anyone with information to contact either us or Merseyside Police."
A statement from a police spokeswoman said: "Merseyside Police are investigating reports of a burglary at a house in in Caldy, Wirral. The burglary was reported by a friend of the owner on Monday, June 19 and was thought to have happened within the last week while the homeowners were away on holiday. The homeowner arrived back in the country late last night and police officers will be speaking to him today to find out exactly what has been stolen, although it is known that a black Porsche Carrera has definitely been stolen. There were a large number of distinctive items of memorabilia stolen which obviously have sentimental value to the owner."
Then came the request for help, which I'm sure most Liverpool supporters will be willing to provide if possible: "If anyone spots them being sold on the internet or in the local shops or in their local pub, it will be obvious that they are special items. We would urge anyone who spots them on sale to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."
This is a list of some of the missing items:
-Champions League 2005 winners' medal
-More than 100 international and Premiership goalkeeper shirts, including a Champion's League final shirt, World Cup 2002 shirt, and a 2005 Worthington Cup Final shirt
-Pair of World Cup final goalkeeper's gloves with Dudek's name on the wrist
-Five pairs of Adidas World Cup goalkeeper gloves, also bearing Dudek's name on the strap
-A selection of medals including a winner's medal from the 2005 Champions' League, a UEFA -Super Cup medal, a 2004 Worthington Cup medal, and other medals
-Limited edition Champions League pictures
-Small plasma TV
-Red limited edition LFC shirt, numbered "1 of 10,000"
-Two gold rings
-Frank Muller watch engraved with the words: Champion's League Winner, one of only 36 ever made
-Rolex watch, Mariner's style, with box, worth £2,500
-Cartier watch inscribed with the words: 100 Years of the Dutch Football Association
-Gold Amiga watch with gold face and black strap
-Gucci men's watch
-Black Porsche Carrera car, worth an estimated £65,000, which has distinctive Polish plates and is a left hand drive and has black alloys
Written by Jim Boardman
Dudek's shirt and medal found by police
24 june 2006
London - Police on Merseyside have found the winning medal and shirt worn by Poland goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek during Liverpool's victorious Champions League campaign of 2004/05.
The memorabilia articles, along with more than 100 international and English Premiership goalkeeper shirts, World Cup 2002 shirt and a 2005 League Cup final shirt, had been stolen last week.
Dudek's home in Caldy, north-west England, was burgled while he was on holiday in Poland.
His £65 000 black Porsche Carrera car was also taken.
On Friday, police searched a home in Liverpool where they arrested a man and a woman on suspicion of burglary and handling stolen goods.
They later announced the recovery of Dudek's belongs without revealing where they were found.
"A lot of this stuff which has been stolen is irreplaceable and you can't put a price on it. Jerzy is obviously devastated," a Liverpool spokesman said on the club's website after the burglary.
"We are talking about the memorabilia of someone's career and also a lifetime. Jerzy was made famous by what he did in the Champions League and for someone to have gone into his house and stolen it is despicable."
Dudek played a key role in Liverpool's 2005 Champions League final win over AC Milan, saving two penalties in a nail-biting shoot-out. However, he has since slipped down the pecking order at Liverpool and was left out of Poland's World Cup squad.
Man admits handling Dudek goods
An Everton fan has admitted charges in connection with the theft of Liverpool FC goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek's football memorabilia collection.
Martin Roche, 26, of Brainerd Street, Tuebrook, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods at Wirral Magistrates' Court.
His girlfriend Melanie Mackerth, 23, did not enter a plea to the charge and the case was adjourned until 28 July.
Mr Dudek's home in Caldy, Wirral, was raided last week.
Items taken included his 2005 Champions League final shirt and winners medal. Medals, watches, premiership and international shirts were also stolen.
Magistrates were told that the stolen goods were found inside two holdalls and three plastic bin bags stuffed inside a cupboard at Roche's flat.
He claimed a friend, whom he refused to name, had given them to him and he was unaware they were stolen.
Adam Wright, representing Roche, said: "Curiosity got the better of him and he looked in the bags and saw a Gucci bag and Frank Muller watch, the goalkeeper's gloves and quite a number of jerseys, to his horror."
Roche did not contact police because he believed he had an unpaid fine and was arrested after an anonymous tip-off, Mr Wright added.
He said: "He did a stupid thing for a friend and he wishes he could turn the clock back."
Ms Mackerth, 23, also of Brainerd Street, Tuebrook, claims she is "completely innocent" of the charges, her solicitor said.
The couple will both appear at the same court on 28 July.