|Tamara Ecclestone robbed of a small fortune|
UPDATE A mother and son from Romania made their first court appearance Saturday after being charged in the December theft of millions of pounds’ (dollars’) worth of jewelry from the home of heiress Tamara Ecclestone.
The burglary took place on Dec. 13 at Ecclestone’s palatial home on one of London’s most exclusive streets in the Kensington neighborhood. She is the daughter of former Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone.
Deluxe jewelry estimated to be worth about 50 million pounds ($66 million) was taken from her home, leaving her “angry and shaken," the family said in a statement at the time.
Cleaner Maria Mester, 47, and bar worker Emil-Bogdan Savastru, 29, each were charged with conspiracy to commit burglary.
They identified themselves as Romanian nationals during the hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court in central London. They are being kept in custody until their next hearing, set for Feb. 28.
Officials said in court that the burglars stole cash, jewelry and watches. Most of it has not been recovered, they said.
The Sun newspaper said the stolen jewelry cache included precious rings, earrings and a Cartier bangle Ecclestone received as a wedding gift.
Two other men who had been arrested have been released but are still being investigated. (AP Story)
12/16/19 Jewelry believed to be worth tens of millions of dollars has been stolen from the house of British billionaire heiress Tamara Ecclestone in London after she left the home for the Christmas holidays.
Ecclestone, 35, the daughter of the former billionaire chief executive of Formula One worth an estimated $4.2 billion, Bernie Ecclestone, had reportedly left her home in West London for the Christmas holidays when the thieves struck Friday.
Reports in the Sun, a British tabloid, suggest that the estimated value of the stolen jewelry is upwards of $67 million.
Ecclestone lives at the property with her husband, Jay Rutland, and the house is reportedly decked out with 24-hour security, with guards present at all times.