BRAZEN burglars have taken to targeting footballers when they’re at home – because it’s easier to break in.
The gang have moved away from raids on away days when stars were at games, as they were wary of alarms that police and security teams were quick to alert.
A source said: “It’s five or six lads who are loosely linked to Salford and are very professional.
“They used to shut down armored vehicles in the 1990s before it got too difficult.
“They spend ages rolling a joint and aren’t afraid to take a risk when the reward is there.
“They know if they break in when nobody is home, the modern systems are so good that they only have a few minutes before the police or security show up.
“But when the players are at home, they don’t have the systems on. So when they come inside, they can spend more time indoors.
“It raises fears that stars will be confronted and eventually seriously hurt.”
Last week, Liverpool ace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and fiancee Perrie Edwards were with their son at their £3.5million Cheshire home when a gang struck.
Former Chief Inspector of Met Police Detective Mick Neville
ANY burglary is a terrible thing for anyone, but it’s even worse when you’re home when it happens.
Footballers are under attack from a highly organized gang ready to come face to face to take what they want.
Home security systems are excellent at protecting objects when they are on.
But people don’t set the house alarm when they’re relaxing with their family.
There is a real danger that a footballer or his wife or children could be seriously injured as these robbers are armed with knives most of the time.
The thugs, wearing overalls to avoid leaving DNA traces, used a ladder to reach a window.
The same gang targeted Paul Pogba’s £3.5million mansion in March. The star played for Man United but his children and their nanny were at home.
The wife of his former United team-mate Victor Lindelof locked herself and their children in a panic room when their home was attacked in January.
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