Man posed as millionaire house buyer to steal more than £803,000 of jewels including from Petra Ecclestone, the daughter of Bernie Ecclestone (From Southend Standard)
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Man posed as millionaire house buyer to steal more than £803,000 of jewels including from Petra Ecclestone, the daughter of Bernie Ecclestone
A MAN stole more than £803,000 of jewels from millionaires including celebrity Petra Ecclestone, the daughter of billionaire F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, while posing as a wealthy housebuyer.
William Flynn, 36, targeted homes across Southend and London, taking diamonds, jewellery and designer watches in what a judge described as “skillful and well planned” operation.
He was sentenced to eight years in jail when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court this afternoon.
In August, the 24-year-old F1 heiress put her home in London's Belgravia on the market for £23million - but was stunned to discover the disappearance of diamond earrings and a diamond Rolex watch following a viewing.
Flynn told the vendor he was a Kazakh-millionaire.
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