In December last year, we wrote about a burglary in the London home of Tamara Ecclestone, the eldest daughter of the ex-head of Formula 1 management. Taking advantage of the absence of the owners who had gone on a winter vacation to Lapland, unknown thieves were able to take out jewelry and other valuables worth 50 million pounds sterling.
The Italian press reports that one of the six members of the gang that committed the crime was arrested in a villa in Santa Marinella, a suburban area of Rome. On Friday, Roman police agents were acting under an arrest warrant issued by British authorities in July.
For several months, Italian law enforcement officers, collaborating with Scotland Yard, were involved in this case and eventually attacked the trail of the 23-year-old suspect. It turned out that he was also part of a criminal group that in September fraudulently defrauded € 480,000 from an Italian married couple as an advance payment for the reconstruction of the house she had purchased.
The first arrests in connection with the case of theft in the Ecclestone house were made back in February: then the London police detained a woman and her son, Italian citizens, suspected of several similar crimes in Kensington, a prestigious area of the British capital, where Tamara also lives. In August, two other accomplices of last year’s theft were arrested in Milan.
The man arrested the day before yesterday in Rome is awaiting extradition to the UK.