Aussie Olympian Nathan Sobey has appealed to the public for help relocating his bronze medal, which was stolen on Saturday in what his NBL club believes may have been a targeted home invasion.
Sobey’s Queensland home was burgled Saturday, the same day the Brisbane Bullets defeated the Tasmania JackJumpers.
“Unfortunately last night, our house was broken into and my bronze medal was stolen along with some other small things,” Sobey tweeted.
“If anyone out there has any information please let us know.”
The Warrnambool, Victoria, product was a reserve on the Boomers team that defeated Slovenia to win bronze in Tokyo, the first time an Australian men’s basketball team had won a major medal.
The Bullets believe the robbery may have been a targeted attack, given it took place during Saturday night’s game.
A Bullets spokesperson told News Corp Sobey was shaken up by the home invasion and loss of his medal but that his biggest concern was for the safety of his young family.
“We’re devastated for Nathan,” the club said in a statement.
“We’re extremely grateful that he and his family are safe and as a club we’re here to support them through the process of working with QLD Police.”
Matthew Dellavedova and Chris Goulding are among the Aussie basketball stars to have rallied around Sobey, sharing his plea for help to their social media pages.
“This ain’t cool. Please share and help get some info for Sobes,” wrote Goulding on his Instagram story, condemning the alleged thieves as “grubs”.
The Bullets are urging anyone with information to contact Queensland Police via the Crime Stoppers phone number on 1800 333 000.