Burglars steal £450,000 in watches from Man City striker Mahrez

Thieves have stolen watches worth more than £450,000 from the home of Manchester City striker Riyad Mahrez.

The player had three time pieces taken in the raid – including a Richard Mille worth £230,000.

The other two watches were made by Rolex.

Also, more than £50,000 in cash was taken.

The Algerian player thought he was being watched by burglars and the robbery was carried out to order.

It’s said a letter was sent to residents of the building explaining four apartments were

“accessed without authority using a fob which had general access throughout the building”.

A Greater Manchester Police spokeswoman said:

“At around 5pm on Friday April 24, police were called to reports that four separate apartments had been burgled at a city centre block.”

Earlier this month Spurs’ striker Dele Alli was robbed at knifepoint when burglars broke into his home.

He too had a Richard Mille watch taken.

Security expert Alex Bomberg said players must be particularly careful to control what they post online.

He told The Telegraph: “The intelligence is there on social media.

“The criminals can look and say: ‘Oh look, there’s the £50,000 watch, there’s the jewellery collection, there’s the £1,000 pair of sunglasses.’

“They become a target because they become a challenge.

“People will look at a footballer posting all of this stuff and they then become a challenge to the criminal community.”


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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