Thieves steal €1.5m worth of luxury items from family on holiday in Marbella

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One of the bags and part of the jewelry stolen from the villa / on

Five high-end Rolex, Cartier and Patek Philippe watches – the latter worth 350,000 euros – as well as several Chanel, Hermès and Dior handbags and numerous jewels were stolen from the wedding guests.

Irene Quirante

They had been prepared for months. Anne’s family (pseudonym) had traveled from Houston to spend a few days in Marbella. They had been invited to attend a friend’s wedding on the Costa del Sol, which was the perfect excuse for a short vacation.

It wasn’t the first time they had been to Marbella, but they were still “very excited”. This time, they had rented a luxurious villa with a private swimming pool, located a few minutes walk from the beach. The price of the stay was over 3,400 pounds a week, but money was no problem.

On June 26, the family landed in Spain. They went to the wedding as planned and everything went well until the eighth day. This Tuesday, July 5, they spent the whole morning at the villa and, around 6:30 p.m., they decided to go out for a walk. They walked for a while in the old town of Marbella and then went for a drink.

Suitcase missing

A few hours later, around 10:30 p.m., they returned to the property and Anne says they didn’t notice anything strange when they opened the door. She went to the kitchen and suddenly heard a scream coming from her parents’ bedroom. “Where is my suitcase? It was there, on the bed!” she heard her mother say.

Alarmed, they began going through the various rooms of the house, realizing that five high-end Rolex, Cartier and Patek Philippe watches – the latter worth 350,000 euros – as well as several Chanel, Hermès and Dior handbags and many jewels, among other things, were missing.

According to the report filed the following morning at the Marbella police station, which SUR had access to, the thieves also took several branded belts, $5,000, family papers and a camera lens worth 75,000 euros. They had also ripped the safe out of one of the cabinets.

The report states that the value of the stolen items is approximately 1.5 million euros. According to the sources consulted, an investigation is currently underway by the National Police to find those responsible for the robbery.

There are “too many coincidences” that neither Anne nor her family can explain, she told SUR. On the one hand, she indicates that it was “a very clean robbery”, because nothing had been moved in the rooms. It was as if the thieves knew exactly where the valuables were, she said. The only damage they caused was to the safe, which was torn from the wall.

Alarm

Anne goes on to explain that every time they left the house they checked that all the windows and doors were locked and set the villa’s security alarm and that that night, she insists, was not no exception.

However, after realizing they had been burglarized and inspecting the premises, they noticed that one of the glass doors leading to the swimming pool was slightly ajar, Anne continues, “I am absolutely convinced that we have it. left closed before leaving,” she says.

The family also cannot understand why the alarm, which they claim they set off before leaving that evening, did not go off. Therefore, they believe the only reasonable explanation for this is that the attackers were able to gain access to the villa with a key.

“Unfortunately, there were no security cameras to record what happened,” Anne told SUR, who also says she agreed to speak to this newspaper to prevent other people from being victimized. thefts and to try to find the perpetrators.

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