Chelsea defender James loses medals in break-in during Zenit win
Chelsea's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku (L) celebrates with Chelsea's Italian midfielder Jorginho (R) after scoring the opening goal of the UEFA Champions League.
The right-back, who featured for the Blues in their 1-0 win against Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday, confirmed that his Champions League and Super Cup winners' medals and Euro 2020 runners-up medal with England had been taken.
"On the evening of the 14th of September 2021 when I was playing for my club in the return of the Champions League, a group of cowardly robbers broke into my house," he posted on Instagram.
"They managed to collectively lift a heavy safe containing some personal items of mine into their car."
The 21-year-old defender said those investigating the crime were "closing in" on the perpetrators.
"These medals were won representing Chelsea and England -- honours that can never be taken away from me whether or not I have the physical medals to prove it," he said.
"Nevertheless, I am appealing to all my Chelsea and England fans to help identify and turn in these low-life individuals who will never be able to rest easy as the evidence is mounting against them.
"Luckily, no one was present during the break-in," he added.
"But I want to let all of you know I am safe and well. I really do appreciate having the platform to tell you all about my misfortune and I hope together we can catch these individuals and deliver justice where it is due."