By SHAUN MILNE
SCOTLAND’S Women’s hockey champions were targeted by sneak thieves as they were winning a prestigious trophy for their country.
The women’s hockey team defeated rivals Ireland 7-1 at the National Hockey Centre in Edinburgh on Sunday to claim the Celtic Cup trophy for Scotland.
He broke in while they were playing but was disturbed by chance when substitute goal-keeper Carmin Dow happened to return and the raider fled.
Ironically Dow, 27, is a scene of crime officer with Tayside Police.
The thief still managed to make off with her mobile phone and purse before she could raise the alarm.
Manager Lynne Dick said: “The girls were celebrating playing so well and winning the Celtic Cup when I told them of the theft.
“Luckily Carmin had gone down to the dressing room to get something and disturbed the thief.
“Unfortunately for her he took her purse and fled.”
A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said: “We do not have a description of what is missing yet but inquiries are continuing.
“We would like to hear from anybody who saw anything suspicious.”