SPORTS Direct tycoon Mike Ashley has suffered a major blow after stock worth up to £1million was pinched from a warehouse.
Thieves took the gear from a distribution warehouse while the sports retail chain is shut during the lockdown.
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Ashley, who is currently in talks to sell Newcastle United for £300m, is said to be "fuming" at the break-in.
Cops have since launched a major probe into the theft and have arrested two men. They have been released on bail.
A Humberside Police spokesman said: "The men were arrested after hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of sportswear was stolen from a commercial warehouse in Grimsby."
"We were called shortly before 2.15pm on April 2 with reports of a burglary at a business on Estate Road 1."
"Officers attended where they found that a large quantity of stock had been taken from inside."
"As part of our ongoing investigations, two men have been arrested. Both have been released under investigation whilst our enquiries continue."
They added: "We are particularly keen to hear from anyone that has dashcam footage from travelling on the M180 and A180 between 7:45pm and 11pm on March 30, or 9pm on March 31 and 4am the following morning."
The daring robbery came just days before Ashley was forced to issue a grovelling apology amid the Covid-19 crisis.
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The Sports Direct founder said his stores should stay open during the lockdown because it was an essential operator for keeping the nation fit.
He said his comments were "ill-judged and poorly timed".
He later offered the company's "entire fleet of lorries" to the NHS to help deliver supplies and equipment.
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