A CASINO butcher is offering a $1000 reward for the return of three collectable South Sydney Rabbitohs jerseys stolen from his business earlier this month.
Ben George paid $3500 for a 2013 Rabbitohs jersey signed by the team and a 2013 jersey signed by superstar Greg Inglis, at a rugby league charity auction attended by former Casino Cougars junior and Australian representative Matt King in May.
The third jersey was signed by the entire Souths team from their glory days in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
"I would have had these jerseys all my life, and my little girl, who is a mad Rabbitohs supporter, she would have inherited them," he said.
He said he received a phone call about 1.45am on June 12 to say the shop, on the corner of Canterbury and Hickey sts, had been broken into.
"They stole our till, which police found down at the riverbank, the framed jerseys and some money which was our float," he said.
I would have had these jerseys all my life, and my little girl, who is a mad Rabbitohs supporter, she would have inherited them
A witness known to Mr George said he confronted some men who had the frames near the Richmond River, but he was abused.
"They got the frames back, which are down at the police station, after they had been smashed and the jerseys were ripped out of them."
CCTV footage of the break-in has been provided to police investigators.
"They had hoods on and shirts wrapped around their faces and one had socks on his hands and the other one had gloves on," Mr George said.
"We are offering a $1000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the offenders."
Mr George said even if he was to get the jerseys back it would cost up to $2000 to have them re-framed and restored to their former glory.
He said the Casino Cougars junior club had alerted other clubs in the region to be alert for the jerseys and report to police anyone found wearing them.