Premier League Footballer Dele Alli Had Three Watches Worth A Total Of £350 000 Stolen When He Was Punched In The Face And Held At Knifepoint During A Robbery
Premier League footballer Dele Alli had three watches worth a total of £350,000 stolen when he was punched in the face and held at knifepoint during a robbery.
Masked raiders burst in and robbed the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder and his model girlfriend Ruby Mae at their £2million North London mansion on Wednesday.
The three watches were a £150,000 Richard Mille 11-03, a £150,000 Patek Philippe 5980 Nautilus and a £50,000 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak chrono, reported the [ The England star was said to have been playing pool with his girlfriend at his home near Barnet when the robbers broke in and demanded he hand over his valuables.
Alli, 24, has been isolating at the property during the coronavirus outbreak with Miss Mae, his brother Harry Hickford, Mr Hickford's partner and a long-term friend.
It comes as a security expert warned that footballers have become a 'challenge' and 'fair game' to perpetrators by flashing pictures of their lavish lives on social media.
Premier League star Dele Alli (left) and his model girlfriend Ruby Mae (right) are pictured leaving their £2million North London mansion yesterday, one day after their ordeal
One of the three watches stolen from the home was a £150,000 Richard Mille 11-03 (file image)
A £150,000 Patek Philippe 5980 Nautilus (left) and a £50,000 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak chrono (right, file images) were also both stolen in the raid in the early hours of Wednesday
Alex Bomberg, of London-based Intelligence Protection, said: 'You don't need to show around pictures of your expensive watch - the moment you start doing that, you become a challenge to people, you become fair game.
'Look at the MO (modus operandi) of how these perpetrators are going about robbing footballers: researching social media, see when they are going to be playing football.
'They can say 'this is the living room, there's a patio door here that we could use, his watch collection is on that mantelpiece'. They might do drive-pasts, see a pizza get delivered one night and just knock on the door saying 'pizza'.
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'The problem with social media is finding balance between self-promotion and getting yourself into trouble.'
He called the attack on Alli 'brazen' and said the criminals were taking a 'very high level of risk' pursuing a 'big pay off' in 'portable assets' worth tens of thousands.
Mr Bomberg, who has two decades' experience in personal security, xdate24.co.uk added: 'This is a really bad turn of events.
Something we don't normally see in the UK is home invasions.
Police at the scene of the incident at the property near Barnet in North London yesterday
Police officers stand outside the property yesterday following the raid early on Wednesday
'Something can go wrong very, very quickly.
Robbing people's homes when they're empty is a very different set of risks to take.
'It's only a matter of time before one of these incidents turns really, really nasty.'
He added: 'It's only a matter of time before a player's wife or girlfriend gets killed, the player will be out playing football ...
it will all go terribly wrong.'
The 48-year-old said everyone in a star's household should rehearse drills so they react quickly and properly in critical situations and should be trained in using panic buttons installed throughout homes.
'They need to know what part they need to play if something goes wrong, you've got to have a plan in place.
CCTV is only good after the fact', Mr Bomberg said.
It has also been reported, by [ ], that the footballer has an overnight security guard, who it is said was 'not aware' of the two intruders.
Dele Alli (pictured with girldfriend Ruby Mae) was held at knifepoint and punched after robbers broke into his house in the early hours of Wednesday morning
The Tottenham and England ace was reportedly playing pool with housemates at his north London home when the robbery took place
The midfielder yesterday spoke out about the raid, describing it as a 'horrible experience'.
He said: 'Thank you for all the messages.
Horrible experience but we're all okay now. Appreciate the support.'
It is the third time top footballers have been targeted in the area in ten months - including fellow Spurs and Belgium star Jan Vertonghen whose home was targeted in March.
As Sportsmail exclusively revealed, the Tottenham and England midfielder was 'thumped in the face' during the ordeal but did not suffer serious injury.
Two males broke into the back of Alli's North London property just after midnight on Wednesday - where his brother, Harry Hickford, has also been staying
Robbers targeted Dele Alli at his North London home and stole items of jewellery including two watches.
Pictured: Dele Alli wearing one of the watches which is believed to have been stolen
Two men wearing balaclavas broke into the back of the property before threatening the Spurs star.
Following a scuffle, during which Alli suffered a minor facial injury, the two culprits took various items including jewellery and watches before fleeing.[/sport/dele-alli/index.html ]
The 24-year-old's property is covered by CCTV and the footage has been passed on to the police, who have opened an investigation.
The player and his model girlfriend Ruby Mae, who is 23, have been together since early 2016.
She was by his side at the Euros that summer and the 2018 World Cup in Russia before they split for a short time early last year.
Following a scuffle, during which Alli suffered a minor facial injury, the two culprits took various items including jewellery and watches before fleeing
The Spurs star was thumped in the face during the ordeal but did not suffer serious injuries - the 24-year-old's property is covered by CCTV and the footage has been passed on to police
They were back together by last summer with Alli reportedly flying Ruby out to Madrid for the Champions League final between Tottenham and Liverpool at the start of June.
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