A competitive angler is being kept away from the waters after thieves made off with £5,000 worth of equipment.
Shocked Simon Dow (41) discovered the shed at his home in Hillcrest Avenue, Yaxley had been ransacked on Tuesday, April 7 with a mountain bike worth £1,200 also being taken.
I was pretty gutted and it makes your heart sink.Simon Dow
Simon, who began fishing aged 14 with his grandad and uncle, has spent a decade collecting his equipment which includes two poles, six rods and six reels.
Simon could not believe his equipment had gone when he entered his shed at around 6pm on the Tuesday.
“It took me a minute to realise what had happened then it was a bit of shock. I was pretty gutted and it makes your heart sink,” he said.
“I’m past the point now of being angry but I can’t fish at all.”
Simon, who is hoping to receive some money back from an insurance claim, fishes once a week and last year qualified for the British Pole Championships which is well-known amongst anglers.
A Cambridgeshire Police spokeswoman said they were called at 6.38pm on April 7.
She added: “Between 6pm on Monday and 6pm on Tuesday offenders gained entry to a garden and broke into two sheds.
“They have removed plastic sheeting from the window and entered the brick shed, stealing fishing equipment worth about £5,000 and a Trek blue and white mountain bike worth £1,200.
“Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”