Two charged in theft of rare jewellery from Formula 1 heiress

LONDON (AP) — British police have charged two people in the December theft of millions of pounds’ worth of jewellery from the home of heiress Tamara Ecclestone.

Police said yesterday that London residents Maria Mester, 47, and Emil-Bogdan Savastru, 29, have been charged with conspiracy to commit burglary. Two other men who had been arrested have been released but are still being investigated.

London police said the arrests were related to the heist at Ecclestone’s palatial home on one of London’s most exclusive streets in the pricey Kensington neighbourhood. She is the daughter of former Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone.

High-value jewellery was taken from her home, leaving her “angry and shaken”, the family said in a statement at the time.

The Sun newspaper said the stolen jewellery was worth about GBP50 million and included rings, earrings and a Cartier bangle Ecclestone received as a wedding present.