Four people have been cleared of being involved in Britain’s biggest ever domestic burglary plot which targeted the luxury homes of celebrities including former Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
The quartet were found not guilty after being accused of taking part in raids, which netted £26 million of property, at the homes of celebrities including the late Leicester City owner, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and his television presenter wife Christine Lampard, and socialite Tamara Ecclestone.
Escort Maria Mester, 48, her bartender son Emil Bogdan Savastru, 30, former sports teacher Sorin Marcovici, 53, and hotel concierge Alexandru Stan, 49, were all found not guilty of being members of the “supporting cast” during the break-ins.
Isleworth Crown Court had heard during a trial that property worth about £26 million was taken from the three West London homes, which were all burgled within a two-week period in 2019.
The court heard that on December 10, 2019, thieves targeted a home belonging to Mr Srivaddhanaprabha, getting away with more than £1 million in property, including expensive Patek Philippe watches and around 400,000 euros (£360,000) in cash.
It was said that in the raid, burglars ransacked the family home of Khun Vichai, who died in 2018 in a helicopter crash.
Police said thieves stole millions of pounds worth of jewellery and cash from Ms Ecclestone’s Kensington home during an hour-long raid, initially unbeknown to her unwitting security guards.
Ms Ecclestone, the daughter of ex-Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, was on holiday in Lapland when the raids happened.
The defendants were accused by prosecutors of being members of the “supporting cast” to the burglars, by providing help at various times.
All four were unanimously cleared of all charges, except for Savastru, who was convicted of one count of attempting to conceal criminal property.
The four alleged burglars cannot be named for legal reasons.