The “ghost gang” eventually managed to plunder about 30 million euros worth of valuables. Because they didn’t leave any DNA or fingerprints anywhere, they were called “Ghost Gang”. Detectives combed through literally thousands of taxis for a forensic trail that could lead to the perpetrators. finally successfully. This is how Sky News describes.
Three gang members, which include the daughter of wealthy ex-F1 coach Bernie Eccelstone and ex-footballer Frank Lampard, Tamara, go to prison, but that doesn’t mean the victims are back from their property. Most of the loot, consisting of diamonds, jewelry and cash, is still missing. It is the fourth member of the gang, responsible for the largest series of house burglaries in British history.
In addition to Tamara Ecclestone and Paul Lampard, the deceased owner of football club Leicester City, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, is also said to have been broken into. What happened in the weeks leading up to Christmas in 2019. Lampard and his wife Christine stole less than 70,000 euros worth of watches and jewels, and the damage to the Srivaddhanaprabha family is said to be more than a million euros, of which just under half was in cash..
Two gang members had run into a lamp because they were wearing stolen jewelry. Maria Meester (48) is said to have been caught with a necklace from the Tamara Ecclestone collection, her son Emile Bogdan Savastru (30) was wearing a Srivaddhanaprabha watch.
With each break in, the gang managed to bypass security systems, stay out of sight of cameras and even evade human guards. Hardly any clues left, the thieves disappeared again into the night. Thieves took it. A lot of money was spent, for example, Harrods and expensive restaurants. The rest of the loot was taken to mainland Europe.
Three gang members are chased by detectives across Europe, and are eventually found and handed over by Italian authorities. Yugoslav Jovanovic (24), Alessandro Maltese (45) and Alessandro Donati (44) pleaded guilty. Yovanovitch got 11 years, the Maltese and Donati got a little more merciful with a prison sentence of eight years and nine months.
They were eventually caught thanks to old-fashioned police action. The three left almost no trace. On a few disposable cell phones and some screwdrivers anything can be found that could lead the police to the culprits. The only evidence: that the men left a house to rob a taxi, but the taxi’s registration number is unknown. Thousands of taxi drivers had to be consulted which eventually yielded clues. Thanks to the driver’s information and some surveillance cameras, it was created behind him.
Police said the faint trail, as well as careful gang members, travel separately, stay in the shade and wear hats. However, the alleged inviolability of them does not exist, and when they were finally caught, the thieves even admired the perseverance of the detectives. “They were really impressed that we had found them.”
What they have done in England, the thieves are planning other places in Europe as well. More squatting was on the agenda. There would also be a fourth thief: the Serbian Ljubomir Romanov (40). Still on the run. He is said to be in Belgrade, but the Serbian authorities have not extradited him. Romanov uses several names such as Daniel Vukovich, Alfredo Lindley and Ljubomir Radosavelievich.
However, the result even outside the Romanovs will not be the end of the investigation. Then because millions of loot are still missing.
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