16 Nov 2020
A mother and her son formed part of a burglary gang that stole jewellery and money from the homes of Tamara Ecclestone, the Chelsea football manager Frank Lampard and the late owner of Leicester City FC, a court was told.
The burglary at Ms Ecclestone’s London home was described as one of the biggest in British history. Four people — branded the “supporting cast” of burglars who took £26 million in jewels, cash and watches from the homes of celebrities — are on trial.
Alexandru Stan, Sorin Marcovici, Maria Mester and her son Bogdan Savastru are accused of helping the intruders to raid the homes of Ms Ecclestone, Lampard and his TV presenter wife Christine Lampard, and the family of the late Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
On December 1 cuff-links, a clock and two watches, valued in total at about £60,000, were taken from the Lampards’ home in Chelsea.
Nine days later at the London family home of Mr Srivaddhanaprabha, who died in a helicopter crash in October 2018, £1 million of goods was stolen.
On December 13 a gang broke into the home of Ms Ecclestone, the daughter of Bernie Ecclestone, the former chief executive of Formula One motor racing, while she was taking a Christmas holiday in Lapland with her partner, Jay Rutland, and their daughter, Sophia.
A “staggering” £25 million of jewellery and luxury items was taken, the court was told.
Detectives uncovered CCTV footage, phone records, Oyster card transactions and other data that showed how the gang had worked together.
Timothy Cray, QC, for the prosecution, said: “Every star needs a supporting cast and we allege that this is how these defendants stand to the burglars.”
By John Simpson, The Times, 14 November 2020
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