£500,000 Ecclestone jewels stolen
A thief masquerading as a rich property investor is suspected of stealing jewellery worth £500,000 from Bernie Ecclestone's daughter's mansion during a viewing.
The items vanished from Petra Ecclestone's £32 million central London home when the man, posing as "Oleg from Kazakhstan", viewed the six-bedroom terrace a few weeks ago, it was reported.
Miss Ecclestone, 24, was out at the time but when she returned she discovered a pair of diamond ear-rings and a diamond Rolex watch had disappeared from a bedroom nightstand, the Daily Mail reported.
There was no answer on Wednesday at the listed Belgravia property, which boasts six bathrooms, a cinema room and a gym.
The house, in expensive Eaton Square, is being marketed by Knight Frank.
A company spokeswoman said: "Knight Frank is joint agents on the property on Eaton Square, but I can confirm that we did not show this person around the property."
It is thought the theft has not been reported to the Metropolitan Police.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said they had no knowledge of the incident. It is thought the suspect has viewed several multimillion-pound properties in the area during the last two months.
"He has become known to estate agents," a property broker told the newspaper, adding that "Oleg" used a chauffeur-driven Bentley and kept his sunglasses on. A colleague of mine who works at a top firm said this guy had approached him and said he only wanted to look at lived-in properties...
"My colleague said he'd never been to Kazakhstan, but his accent sounded fake and he never took his sunglasses off. No one can find him and he's not responding to the numbers they have for him."