Tamara Ecclestone, the heiress of former Formula One chief and billionaire Bernie Ecclestone, was robbed USD64 million worth of jewelry. The pieces were reportedly stolen after an audacious raid was executed on her West London mansion.
Ecclestone’s spokesman revealed that the 35-year-old felt “angry and shaken” after the robbers were able to evade her neighborhood’s 24-hour security teams. This, along with her own hired security officers weren’t enough to keep the burglars from the street dubbed “Billionaire Row.”
Speaking to The Guardian, Bernie Ecclestone speculates that the robber was an “inside job.”
“I don’t have all the facts but given all the security at the house, I’m assuming it was an inside job,” he told the news outlet.
Ecclestone lives among the richest in Europe at the Kensington Palace Gardens. The area is also home to ambassadors from France and Russian. The heiress lives not too far away from the Kensington Palace home of British royals, Prince William and Duchess Kate.
Authorities from the area confirm that a number of jewelry items were stolen from the West London property last Friday night. The burglars had reportedly escaped from the house by the time police and dog units arrived at the scene.
“A fast-paced investigation is underway to locate the suspects and missing items,” Detective Sergeant Matthew Pountney said in a statement to NBC News.
“I can sadly confirm there has been a home invasion at the Ecclestone-Rutland family home,” a spokesman said on behalf of Ecclestone and her husband Jay Rutland. “Tamara and family are well but obviously angry and shaken by the incident.”