‘It was an INSIDE JOB’: F1 legend Bernie Ecclestone hints crooks behind £50m jewellery raid on daughter Tamara’s £70m London mansion may have had crucial tip off – as she shares cryptic Instagram post from Lapland holiday
- EXCLUSIVE: Bernie Ecclestone fears daughter Tamara was betrayed by insider
- Three thieves raided Tamara Ecclestone’s guarded Kensington home on Friday
- Entered via the back garden, smashed open safes and left through open window
- Security guard was at work at house on street with checkpoints and 24/7 patrols
- No arrests have been made and Met Police are today appealing for witnesses
- Tamara, Jay and daughter Sophia flew to Lapland for Xmas break hours before
Bernie Ecclestone believes the theft of his daughter Tamara’s entire £50million jewellery collection from her high security Billionaires’ Row mansion was an inside job, MailOnline can reveal today.
The former F1 supremo fears his eldest child has been betrayed after three burglars were able to spend 50 minutes emptying safes in her 57-room £70million west London home and fled through an open window on Friday night.
The gang got away despite a guard reportedly sitting in Tamara’s CCTV room at the property on Kensington Palace Gardens, which boasts 24-hour security patrols, multiple checkpoints and armed police at either end to protect the six embassies there.
Tamara, her husband Jay and daughter Sophia had just boarded a private jet for Lapland with her 89-year-old tycoon father suggesting the timing of the raid hours later could be no coincidence.
He told MailOnline: ‘I don’t have all the facts but given all the security at the house, I’m assuming it was an inside job. It’s an awful thing to happen just after she had left the house to go to Lapland. Although maybe it’s better that she wasn’t in at the time’.
He added: ‘I’ve tried to call her this morning to see what the latest is but I couldn’t get through.’
Scotland Yard has not yet made any arrests but one line of inquiry for detectives will be if the thieves were helped by someone on the inside who knew the family were away and where their safes were hidden.
Precious earrings with ‘personal meaning’ and a £80,000 Cartier bangle wedding gift from her husband are believed to have vanished.
Tamara has two engagement rings, worth £250,000 each, but it is not known if these were taken. She has several sets of diamond stud earrings valued at around £50,000 per pair and a large watch collection including Rolex, Hublot and Cartier pieces worth up to £100,000 each.
Thieves have stolen £50million worth of jewellery from Tamara Ecclestone, pictured with husband Jay, wearing an £80,000 Cartier bangle wedding gift and diamond earrings that were stolen from safes hidden in their bedroom
Tamara smiled with her daughter Sophia smile in Lapland in a post on Saturday (pictured) – the day after the burglary – after their London mansion was raided by three burglars who grabbed £50million of jewels
The heist at Ecclestone’s house (pictured) took place on one of London ‘s most exclusive streets, nicknamed Billionaire’s Row, in Kensington, which has 24-hour security and checkpoints because of the rich residents and embassies on the road
The thieves were able to spend an hour in the house stealing Tamara’s most prized and expensive possessions. It is not known if any of her two engagement rings (right) were stolen
Tamara has refused to let the devastating raid ruin her daughter Sophia’s dream trip to Lapland and the 35-year-old heiress was all smiles as she frolicked in the snow with her only child before getting in a sleigh pulled by reindeer on their Christmas break in the Arctic Circle this weekend.
Tamara Ecclestone’s extraordinary jewellery collection – and what could be missing
Tamara Ecclestone is well known for her lavish and rare jewellery collection, which is believed to have decimated by burglars on Friday.
Details of the entirety of her £50m collection is not known – or what has been taken – but these are the high-value items the heiress is known to own.
2x diamond engagement rings – £250k each
Yellow gold Rolex Daytona – £50k
Hublot sports watch – £100k
Cartier Ballon diamond watch – up to £50,000
Multiple pairs of diamond stud, drop and hoop earrings – £50,000 per pair
Bangles and bracelets
Cartier bangle wedding gift from her husband Jay – £80,000
Cartier love bracelets – worth £63,000
In a cryptic Instagram post sent from Lapland today today Tamara appeared to suggest there was an inside man, quoting Luke 8:17 from the Bible, which says: ‘For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open’.
A neighbour of Ecclestone’s said that his security team had been checking CCTV between 11pm and 11.30pm on Friday but said: ‘We’ve found nothing out of the ordinary.’
Tamara and Sophia smiled as they went through a snowy forest on a sleigh pulled by reindeer, cooked sausages on an open fire and baked gingerbread together as a family.
Ms Ecclestone lives in the gated property with husband Jay Rutland and their five-year-old daughter and it faces Kensington Palace, where Prince William and his family lives, and backs on to exclusive streets linking Kensington and Notting Hill.
Their neighbours include Foxtons’ founder Jon Hunt, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, the Sultan of Brunei, China’s richest man, Wang Jianlin and a string of embassies including Russia’s all guarded by the Met’s elite diplomatic group officers.
Three raiders reportedly broke into Tamara’s house through the garden before heading straight to the safes.
Witnesses said they saw three police cars outside the luxury home by Kensington Palace at 11.30pm on Friday when the burglary was discovered.
It is understood that guards were also present inside the 57-room property at the time of the burglary and the thieves left via an ‘open window’, according to The Sun.
A source told The Sun: ‘An estimated £50million worth of jewellery has been stolen from inside Tamara’s safe and Jay’s safe. Whoever did this was in the house for 50 minutes in total and had time to smash open the safes that are hidden in Tamara’s dressing room and Jay’s dressing room. Neither would be easy to find.
‘The three raiders climbed over the back fence and went into the garden, before somehow gaining access to the house.
‘They were disturbed by a security guard after being inside for 50 minutes and are said to have bundled out an open window.’
Tamara has an extraordinary array of jewellery including watches, rings, earrings and rare pieces said to be worth millions of pounds and everything is said to have been taken
Mother and daughter have fun on a sleigh pulled by reindeer in Lapland over the weekend
Sophia poses on a mountain of snow on the family break that started hours before the high value burglary
Tamara is out of the country but shared this Biblical passage hinting someone may have betrayed her
Sophia stands with the family dog as they board the private jet as the family head to a genuine winter wonderland, Lapland
Tamara, pictured at the Caudwell Children Butterfly Ball in 2014, has had several pieces stolen that cannot be replaces
They said the heist took 50 minutes during which they smashed open the safes in the house which are well hidden.
The burglars then bundled out of an open window and fled the scene.
A spokesman for Tamara, the daughter of former Formula One boss Bernie, confirmed the robbery took place.
The theft took place on one of London’s most exclusive streets which has been dubbed ‘Billionaires’ Row’, Kensington Palace Gardens.
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson man said: ‘Police were called to a residential property in W8, at 23.11hrs on Friday, 13 December, to reports of a burglary.
‘Officers attended. It was reported that an amount of high-value jewellery had been stolen. There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.’
It is not the first time the Ecclestones have been stung by thieves, after Tamara’s ex-brother-in-law James Stunt claimed he was the victim of a £90million heist in his Belgravia home in 2017.
But police closed the investigation months later and no arrests have been made.
And in 2010, Tamara’s dad Bernie was mugged of his £200,000 jewellery in front of his girlfriend.
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