Pictured here for the first time are the criminal ringleaders who carried out a £ 25 million raid on Tamara Eccleston’s mansion in London.
Yugoslav Jovanovic, 24, Alessandro Maltese, 45, and Alessandro Donati, 44, searched the Kensington property of the 37-year-old socialite in the country’s largest home burglary to date.
Mrs Ecclestone, daughter of former Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, was on holiday in Lapland with her husband, art gallery owner Jay Rutland, their daughter and their dog at the time of the raid.
In addition to targeting Mrs Eccleston, the band also took property worth around £ 50,000 from Chelsea FC legend Frank Lampards and his TV host wife Christine’s home in west London.
Goods worth more than £ 1m were also thrown by the gang from the estate of the late Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
Police have not found the £ 26 million worth of cash and jewelery stolen in the three raids. It is assumed that the tow was taken abroad.
Today, Jovanovic admitted conspiracy to commit money laundering in an 11-hour plea before his trial was due to begin.
He has previously pleaded guilty to attempting to convert criminal property, namely ‘a quantity of money’, into Harrods on 14 December 2019.
All three pleaded guilty to burglary of property earlier this year at Isleworth Crown Court.
Yugoslav Jovanovic, 24, was part of an organized international gang of thieves who ransacked the London mansion of 37-year-old socialite Tamara Ecclestone (pictured here with husband Jay Rutland) in the country’s largest domestic burglary to date.
Jovanovic committed the £ 25 million theft on Mrs Ecclestone’s estate in Kensington (pictured) with expert jeweler thieves Alessandro Maltese, 45, nicknamed ‘Pink Panther’, and 44-year-old Alessandro Donati
Judge Martin Edmunds, QC, expects to judge Jovanovic, Maltese and Donati on November 15, but that date is tentative and subject to change.
Mrs. Ecclestone was on a ski vacation with her husband Jay Rutland and her children at the time of the raid on December 13, 2019.
Her home in Kensington was so large that security personnel did not even notice the thieves breaking in through the backyard.
The attacks left the gang with ‘money to burn’, and they wasted a fortune celebrating their success in the West End’s exclusive shops and restaurants.
Sir. Cray previously told the court: ‘These crimes were organized: the thieves did not just accidentally find their way to the target houses, and they did not just steal and launder property worth £ 26 million by success.
‘They hit these three houses in just 13 days – between 1 December and 13 December last year and 18 December, most of the people involved had left the country, almost certainly, we suggest, with the proceeds of the crimes.’
The band also took property worth around £ 50,000 from Chelsea FC legend Frank Lampards and his TV host Christine (pictured here with Frank Lampard) in the home of west London.
The burglars carried out the first raid on former Chelsea and England midfielder Lampard, 43, sharing with his TV host wife Christine Lampard.
On the evening of December 1, the robbers rang at the front door to check that the celebrity couple was out.
They broke in through the backyard and fled with watches, a clock and a pair of cufflinks when an alarm went off.
On December 10, the band hit Mr. Srivaddhanaprabha’s home in Knightsbridge in Walton Place.
The raid took place more than a year after he was killed in a helicopter crash following a Leicester City clash.
They broke in through patio doors and managed to force up to a safe that fled with £ 1 million in property including watches and 400,000 in euros.
On December 13, the gang approached Mrs. Ecclestone’s mansion.
“Once the house had entered the house, the house is just so big that the guards were not aware that the burglars were inside and that they were not aware of what was going on before the burglary was going on,” said Mr. Cray.
‘The security guards present did not allow the men to enter through the backyard.
“Although the guards eventually disturbed them, they took their escape via a series of taxis back to Orpington, leaving two of their burning cell phones on the property.”
On December 10, the band hit Mr. Srivaddhanaprabha’s home in Knightsbridge (pictured) in Walton Place. The raid took place more than a year after he was killed in a helicopter crash after a fight in Leicester City
Jovanovic, who lives in Italy, was arrested by armed officers who stormed a villa by the sea near Rome last October.
He was extradited to the UK almost six months later on 2 April.
Jovanovic, without a fixed address, admitted between 30 November 2019 and 1 February 2020 conspiracy to burglary, attempted conversion of criminal property and (rejected) conspiracy to commit money laundering between 30 November and 1 February 2020.
Maltese and Donati, both without fixed address, admitted conspiracy to break in.
Romanian sex worker Maria Mester, 47, and her bartender son Emile-Bogdan Savastru, 29, along with security guard Sorin Marcovici AKA ‘The Professor’, 52, and hotel worker Alexandru Stan, 49, were cleared by a jury for conspiracy to commit burglary. January this year.
A fourth suspected burglar, Daniel Vukovic, 40, has never been caught and is believed to be in Serbia’s capital Belgrade.