- Thomas mackintosh
- BBC News, Belgrade
Thefts from billionaires, luxuries and a manhunt that spans several countries in Europe.
Peruvian Alfredo Lindley is being charged with one of the largest series of robberies in the legal history of England, according to a BBC investigation.
Lindley is said to led a series of robberies at luxury homes of three celebrities in December 2019.
One of the loot could amount to almost US $ 34 million. It was the one perpetrated in the home of the F1 heiress, Tamara Ecclestone.
Italian authorities also accuse Lindley of breaking into the home of soccer player Patrick Vieira, now the Crystal Palace team coach, in 2009.
It is believed that Lindley, who was born in the Peruvian neighborhood of Miraflores in 1981, is in Belgrade.
The citizen 40-year-old Peruvian has a criminal record in Italy for scams and thefts under multiple identities dating back to 1995, according to court documents accessed by the BBC.
The information shows that in the last decade Lindley has used at least 19 aliases, including Daniel Vukovic, Ljubomir Romanov and Ljubomir Radosavlejic.
Under the name Ljubomir Romanov, Lindley appeared in Belgrade court on August 27 after the UK launched a petition to extradite him.
The case was brought by the specialized department for organized crime of the Republic of Serbia.
“High value robberies”
Nevertheless, Serbian authorities refused extradition and it is believed that Lindley is still in Belgrade.
You are registered as a co-owner of a construction business in the city center. According to his identification – issued by the Serbian government – his domicile is in the city of Obrenovac, a municipality of the capital.
London Metropolitan Police detectives argue that Lindley is being “wanted for questioning regarding a series of high-value robberies committed in December 2019 in the Kensington and Chelsea neighborhoods.”
During the first 13 days of December 2019, the houses in London of Tamara Ecclestone, Frank Lampard and the late former Leicester City soccer team owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha they were stolen.
Objects worth US $ 35.3 million were stolen.
The raid on Ecclestone’s mansion, on one of the most expensive streets in the world, is believed to be the largest domestic robbery in the legal history of England.
Most of the stolen jewelry and watches were never recovered.
Italian citizens Jugoslav Jovanovic, 24, Alessandro Donati, 44, and Alessandro Maltese, 45, were extradited from Italy to the UK and have admitted their involvement in the robberies.
They will hear his sentence on November 15.
How did the robberies come about?
On November 30, 2019, under the name Daniel Vukovic, the Peruvian Lindley, along with Jovanovic, flew to London from Stockholm, according to details read in a related court case.
They established their base in a hotel in southeast London.
The next day, Jovanovic robbed the home of the former Chelsea footballer and the England national football team Frank Lampard and his wife Christine while the couple were away.
Disappeared more of US $ 67,000 in articlesincluding a pair of white gold Patek Philippe cufflinks, a Cartier pocket watch, two rose gold ladies’ watches, and a Mia Lia gold necklace.
Police accuse Lindley of having been involved in the robbery.
3 robberies in less than 15 days
Then, on December 10, another property in Knightsbridge was raided.
He belonged to the family of Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, owner of the Premier League football club, Leicester City.
Srivaddhanaprabha was killed in a helicopter crash in front of the club’s stadium in October 2018.
His family said the house had not been touched since his death.
Lindley is accused of loot the house together with Jovanovic, Maltese and Donati.
Jurors were told last November that among the stolen items were seven Patek Philippe watches, a Tag Heuer smartwatch and around US $462.000 in cash.
The next day, the group dined at a sushi restaurant near Harrods, where they ate champagne and sashimi that brought the bill to well over $ 1,000.
Finally, on December 13, Lindley is said to have carried out a huge robbery at the home of Tamara Ecclestone, along with Maltese and Donati, while Jovanovic kept watch.
Isleworth Crown Court heard that men, equipped with screwdrivers, attacked the palatial home of the heir to F1, that Ecclestone shares with her husband Jay Rutland.
The couple had gone on a Christmas vacation to Lapland a few hours earlier.
Kensington Palace Gardens is one of the the streets most expensive in the worldIt has the presence of armed guards and houses the embassies of Russia, France and Israel.
The owner of Chelsea FC also lives there, Roman Abramovic, and the Sultan of Brunei.
Many of the rooms within the Ecclestone’s mansion were cleaned of valuables.
In just over an hour, the thieves they took 400 jewels and large sums of cash.
After a short stay at an AirBnB in Chelsea, Lindley left the country on December 18 on an AirSerbia flight from Heathrow airport to Belgrade.
Detectives do not believe that Lindley has returned to the UK since then.
Authorities in Italy allege that Lindley is linked to more high-level robberies.
They say that in September 2009, he and some accomplices raided the houses of the international footballers Patrick Vieira and Sulley Muntari.
The two midfielders were playing a match in Milan when their homes were robbed.
Italian court documents allege that the gang seized a safe containing about $ 17,000 in cash, jewelry and 28 “high-end watches” worth approximatelyUS $ 230.00.
The estimated value of loot from both robberies was more than US $ 1.16 million.
According to the documents, the proceedings against him have not yet started, although they were due to start in June 2017.
Newspapers also claim that on New Year’s Eve 2010, Lindley was recorded entering the Milan apartment of Maria Luisa Gavazzeni, the widow of designer Nicola Trussardi.
After forcing a window, Lindley and his accomplices pulled out a safe containing joyas worth US $ 2.3 millions.
He was jailed for two years and four months for his part in the robbery.
Lindley and his legal representatives did not respond to the BBC’s requests.
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