Mamadou Sakho's London home burgled in £500,000 raid after break-in

By Mirror: Friday, January 17th 2020 at 20:25 GMT +3 | Premier League
Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho rents the house from Nicolas Anelka. [Courtesy]

Crystal Palace star Mamadou Sakho has fallen victim to a burglary after thieves broke into his London home and raided it of £500,000 worth of goods.

The former Liverpool star lives at the multi-million-pound lodging in Wimbledon with his wife and their three children.

Sakho, 29, rents the property from ex-Premier League striker Nicolas Anelka, who was almost robbed in a similar incident when living at the house six years ago.

Police are now investigating the burglary, in what is the latest incident of its kind in the south London area.

"Everything is OK," Sakho told the Standard . “Me and my wife, we’re OK.”

The burglary took place on December 27, after thieves broke into the gated property around 1:30 pm, but was not reported to police until around 9 pm that evening.

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Sakho was away at the time ahead of Palace's fixture with Southampton the following day, while his wife Majda, 34, was also away with their children for Christmas.

Police are yet to release full details of what was taken from Sakho's home, but the Standard estimate the goods to be worth around half a million.

Officers have released an image of a woman believed to have been near the scene around the time of the robbery.

They live at the property with their children but all were away at the time of the raid. [Courtesy]

Pc Dean Shaw, who is leading the investigation, said: "It is believed that two male suspects carried out this burglary but we would like to speak to the woman pictured as she was seen near the address on the day of the incident and may be able to assist us."

Marcus Wareing - star of TV show Masterchef - also fell foul to robbers when his £7million mansion was ransacked by a Chilean gang, who stole items including Rolex watches and Louboutin shoes.

Four men were jailed as a result of the raid on Wareing's home, but police are concerned the burglary follows a pattern by South American's who are flown into the country for days at a time by an organised crime network.

Sakho and wife Majda had approximately £500k worth of goods stolen. [Courtesy]

Whether this is the case for Sakho's home is unclear, as Anelka chased off the 'Wimbledon Prowler' Asdrit Kapaj back in 2014.

A neighbour of the house, which is protected by CCTV cameras and hi-tech security alarms, said: “The police knocked on our door but we didn’t see anything and don’t know how they managed to get in and out. 

“A lot of people were away for Christmas but that house has rigorous security. There have been a spate of burglaries on this road.”

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