Ecclestone offers $7.2 mn to find stolen jewels

The daughter of British billionaire and ex-Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone is offering up to $7.2 million to anyone who gives information leading to the recovery of jewellery worth more than $31 million.

Tamara Ecclestone on Sunday said she was willing to pay a reward which was equal to 25 per cent of the value of any jewellery that she recovers with the help of the tip.

In December 2019, Tamara and her husband Jay Rutland along with their daughter Sophia and dog took a private plane from London to Finland for their holidays. Their 57-room mansion in Kensington Palace Gardens, the ‘Billionaires Row’ street located in Kensington, was broken into the same night. It was one of the biggest heists in British history.

In a series of posts shared on her Instagram Stories, the 38-year-old said she was “going Mel Gibson-style from the movie Ransom” in order to get her jewellery back after having “waited long enough”.

“The thought of those disgusting people, rummaging through every room in my house, invading my home, touching my belongings and stealing some of the things most precious to me, means I will never be able to lay my head to rest in that house again with the same sense of security that I once had,” Tamara wrote.

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The 2019 robbery was termed as Britain’s most high-profile burglary spree and was also part of
BBC Three documentary ‘Who Stole Tamara Ecclestone’s Diamonds?’.

So far, Tamara has only recovered a single pair of Rs 5.7 lakh (approximately) earrings which was seized from an escort who was arrested in January 2020.

None of the stolen possessions of the family has been found and Tamara thinks that she will most likely never see them again.

The stolen belongings include family heirlooms and lifetime’s worth of jewellery that the Formula 1 heiress said is more valuable to her than their monetary worth.

“The thought of those disgusting people, rummaging through every room in my house, invading my home, touching my belongings and stealing some of the things most precious to me, means I will never be able to lay my head to rest in that house again with the same sense of security that I once had,” she wrote.

Tamara has also offered $300,000 to anyone who can give information about suspect Daniel Vukovic, the fourth member of the gang believed to have carried out similar crimes across Europe and the UK.

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Harry Byrne

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