£400,000 worth of jewellery and designer goods were stolen from John Terry’s home after he posted a picture of himself enjoying a skiing holiday online, it has emerged.
The former England captain’s £5 million mansion was broken into in February as he posed for pictures on the slopes with his wife Toni, 35, and their children, revealing to his 3.4million Instagram followers that he was having a “great few days away skiing with the family”.
A gang of burglars took advantage of the opportunity, strolling around the property in Oxshott, Surrey, with axes and spending hours helping themselves to designer handbags worth £126,000 and rare signed first edition Harry Potter books valued at £18,000, according to reports.
They executed the burglary with “ruthless efficiency,” even returning later that night to break into a safe, Kingston Crown Court heard.
It was claimed that the thieves found so many handbags they were unable to carry them all, taking 28 of the most valuable items including a £42,000 snakeskin Hermes bag, Chanel bags worth £8,000 and others from Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent.
The gang responsible face years behind bars after carrying out raids on a string of mansions.
Rossano Scamardella, prosecuting, said: ”Mr Terry made the mistake of posting a photograph of himself and his family on the social media platform, Instagram.
“Revealing as it must have done to anyone who saw it, that their house was empty.”
She said officers who arrived at the scene at 3am on February 25 were shocked by the scenes of “carnage” that greeted them. The gang had caused £19,000 worth of damage, the Daily Mail reported.
Darren Eastaugh, 30, Joshua Sumer, 27, Roy Head, 28, and 25-year-old Oliver Hart have pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit burglary between February 1 and March 27 this year involving seven burglaries across Surrey and Sussex.
A fifth man Kye Hardy-King, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of handling stolen goods when some of the stolen property was found at his home.
None of the items taken during the Terry raid have ever been recovered.
All five are due to be sentenced on Friday.