A sword has been stolen from Preston Grasshoppers Rugby club in Fulwood.
Two burglaries have been committed at the club during March.
First on Thursday 13 March a thief broke through a fire door and stole a 3ft silver sword worth £5,000.
The second saw two mobile phones stolen between 10.45am and 12.15pm on Sunday 16 March from the changing area.
Detective Inspector Warren Atkinson, of Preston Police, said: “While we aren’t sure that these burglaries have been committed by the same person or group of people they do show some similarities and we would warn other sports clubs to be mindful of who they trust valuables to and also to check on their security, such as checking that they have working CCTV, or consider installing some if they don’t already have it.”
“I am keen to hear from anyone who feels they may have information or know the identity of the offender. I would also ask people to have a good look at the sword stolen from Preston Grass Hoppers. This is valuable and is extremely rare. It has been at the club since the 1970’s and I would like to return it to the club”
The man police believe may be responsive is described as 50-60 years old, with grey shoulder-length wavy hair, wearing dark blue jeans and a brown jacket.
Police are appealing for anyone who recognises the description of the offender or who has any other information to get in touch by calling 101.