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Every Piece of Jewelry in Heiress's Mansion Stolen

Tamara Ecclestone's home is thought to be one of the most secure in London
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2019 12:30 PM CST
In this Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 file photo, Tamara Ecclestone arrives for the World Premiere of the film Rush, at a central London cinema in Leicester Square.   (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
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(Newser) – It's "thought to be one of the most secure houses in London," per the Sun. And yet somehow thieves were able to break in to Tamara Ecclestone's $93 million mansion Friday night and steal every single piece of jewelry inside, according to the newspaper. That's more than $66 million worth, the BBC reports. "I can sadly confirm there has been a home invasion. Internal security are co-operating with police in this matter," a rep for Ecclestone says. "Tamara and family are well but obviously angry and shaken by the incident." Ecclestone, 35, is the daughter of former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, and per the Times, her dad thinks the burglary may have been an inside job.

She had just left the mansion with her husband and 5-year-old daughter to go on holiday for Christmas when three men allegedly broke in to the 57-room property, which is near Kensington Palace on London's "Billionaire Row." Despite Ecclestone having 24-hour security, the thieves got in by climbing over the back fence and going through the garden, then carried out a 50-minute raid before a security guard found them and they fled through an open window with items including a $106,000 Cartier bangle Ecclestone received as a wedding gift. No arrests have yet been made. A neighbor tells the Sun the whole thing is "shocking," especially considering the thieves had to find hidden safes and then smash them in order to get the goods. Ecclestone posted a Bible quote to Instagram after the burglary that says, in part, "For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed." (Read more burglary stories.)

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