Detectives have revealed they are hunting three Albanian men linked to a burglary at Raheem Sterling’s house last year.
Surrey Police said the trio are suspected of being linked to 32 other house raids in addition to the break in at the Chelsea star’s home in Oxshott, Surrey, in December where jewellery and watches worth £300,000 were reportedly stolen.
Alfred Isufi, 48, Gerard Kalaja, 22, and Henri Osmani, 44, are being sought for questioning over the 33 burglaries in which an estimated £1m is thought to have been stolen across Surrey, Essex, Kent and Hertfordshire.
It comes as police yesterday charged another man over the same break-in which took place while Sterling was at the World Cup.
Emiliano Krosi, 23, of Southend-on-Sea, was charged with 33 offences of conspiracy to commit burglary and will appear at Guildford Crown Court on September 21.
Sterling – one of Gareth Southgate’s most trusted players in major tournaments – missed a match after flying home after the burglary
Alfred Isufi, 48, Henri Osmani, 44, and Gerard Kalaja, 22, are being sought for questioning over the 33 burglaries in which an estimated £1m is thought to have been stolen across Surrey, Essex, Kent and Hertfordshire
Jewellery and psg trøje børn watches worth £300,000 were reportedly stolen from the house, where Sterling and his family are seen here
Sterling returned to Qatar following the break in and came on as a substitute during England’s quarter final match defeat to France at the Al Bayt Stadium
Sterling celebrates after scoring their team’s third goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in their group match against Iran before the break in at his home took place
Detective Inspector James Ansell told the BBC that they will be making an appeal on BBC crime watch in the next few weeks.
All three men reportedly have links to Harlow, Essex and north London. They are also not believed to have left the UK.
Ansell said: ‘Investigating burglary dwellings is a priority for Surrey Police and we will be relentless in pursing these offenders.’
Sterling was at the Qatar 2022 world cup at the time of the burglary but police were at the scene follwing the incident and security patrolled the luxurious estate late into the night.
A statement released 90 minutes before kick-off of the 3-0 win over Senegal revealed Sterling – one of Gareth Southgate’s most trusted players in major tournaments – would miss the last 16 clash to deal with a ‘family matter’.
News of his omission, and the shocking circumstances that caused it, was not relayed to players until the team meeting prior to leaving for the Al Bayt Stadium.
Southgate confirmed the winger would be flying back to the UK, but did not set a timescale on when he was expected back.
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