A gang of burglars raided the home of John Terry stealing £400,000 worth of stuff after he posted a photo of himself skiing on Instagram.
The former England captain shared a photo of himself and his wife Toni enjoying a skiing holiday back in February.
Apparently keen not to miss an opportunity, a gang of thieves then broke into their £5 million Surrey mansion home with axes stealing £400,000 worth of designer bags and jewellery including a £42,000 Hermes bag.
The footballer, who now captains Aston Villa, was enjoying his holiday on the slopes of the French Alps with family, oblivious to the fact the post had attracted the attention of a prolific gang of burglars.
Knowing that nobody was home, Darren Eastaugh, 30, Joshua Sumer, 27, Roy Head, 28, and Oliver Hart, 25, spent 45 minutes plundering the master bedroom before returning later that night to raid a safe.
The gang will now face years behind bars for this burglary and other raids on milionaires’ homes.
Details of the raid that took place on February 25 this year emerged for the first time yesterday as the group admitted their guilt at Kingston Crown Court.
Rossano Scamardella, prosecuting, said:
The burglaries were carefully planned and were carried out with ruthless efficiency.
The deliberate targeting of expensive homes, guaranteed that once access had been gained, the items found within, would be sought-after luxury goods.
The most high-profile and best example of this, was the burglary of former England football captain, John Terry’s, home address.
The whole family was enjoying a short break abroad, skiing. At the time Mr Terry made the mistake of posting a photograph of himself and his family on the social media platform, Instagram.
Revealing as it must have done to anyone who saw it, that their house was empty.
CCTV footage from outside the home showed the gang entering the property and at 2.55am the housekeeper was awoken by loud banging coming from the master bedroom which triggered the burglar alarm.
Officers arrived at 3am and were shocked by the scenes of ‘carnage’ which greeted them as the burglars had caused £19,000 worth of damage.
Mr Scamardella added:
Cupboard doors opened and cupboards emptied with that which wasn’t taken strewn across the floor, a dressing table and cupboard completely dismantled, damage to the windows and to the bed, lamps broken, carpets completely ruined.
Inside they found heavy-duty tools, hammers, an axe and an angle grinder, which was used to try to enter Terry’s safe.
Unfortunately none of the items taken during the raid have ever been recovered.
The gang are due to be sentenced later today.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.