Man in Serbia charged over £26m Lampard and Ecclestone burglaries

The socialite Tamara Ecclestone, one of the high-profile victims of the burglaries
Of the total items taken, £25 million were from Tamara Ecclestone's mansion - Jeff Spicer/Getty Images Europe

A man accused of being involved in burglaries at the homes of Frank Lampard and Tamara Ecclestone has been charged in Serbia.

According to the BBC, Serbian court documents allege Ljubomir Romanov invested money in the UK via “criminal activities”.

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed they are working on the case with Serbian authorities.

The investments were reportedly in luxury cars, real estate in Belgrade and other items valued at €2.4 million.

Frank Lampard pictured during Soccer Aid 2024 at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge ground on June 9
The home of the former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard was burgled in 2019 - UNICEF/Soccer Aid Productions/Stella Pictures/Shutterstock

The alleged money laundering offences are understood to be linked to 2019 raids on the homes of the socialite Ecclestone, the former Chelsea and England midfielder Lampard, and Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the late former owner of Leicester City Football Club.

Items worth a total of £26 million were taken in the burglaries, with £25 million of that figure from Ecclestone’s mansion.

Her Kensington home was raided on Dec 13 2019 while she was in Lapland with her husband, art gallery owner Jay Rutland, their daughter and their dog.

Jewellery, cash and gems were taken from their property.

From left, Jugoslav Jovanovic, Alessandro Donati and Alessandro Maltese were found to have taken part in the raids
From left, Jugoslav Jovanovic, Alessandro Donati and Alessandro Maltese were found to have taken part in the raids - PA

Jugoslav Jovanovic, Alessandro Maltese and Alessandro Donati, who are all Italian nationals, were found to have taken part in the raids at the homes of the three high-profile victims.

One suspect, Daniel Vukovic, fled to Belgrade in the wake of the raid and Ecclestone offered £250,000 for information leading to his capture, as well as a £6 million reward if her belongings were recovered.

Most of the stolen jewellery and valuable watches have never been recovered, the BBC said.

Eight other defendants were named in the indictment on Wednesday, it added.

The Metropolitan Police said: “We continue to work in partnership with law enforcement colleagues in Serbia.

“The investigation is managed by the public prosecutor’s office for organised crime.”