PREMIER League stars are increasingly being targeted by home raids because of their own watches, The Sun found out on Sunday.
Street gangs use expensive watches to buy drugs and pay off debts – and focus on footballers to get them.
One gang, the Tottenham Man Dem Crew, is linked to the robbery of Raheem Sterling’s home.
The England ace, 28, flew home from Qatar after his mansion was raided by a mob who took away £300,000 worth of watches and jewellery.
Dele Alli, Riyad Mahrez and Andy Carroll are also among the players who have had their watches stolen in raids in recent years.
A criminal source said gangs could expect up to £20,000 in cash from the sale of a watch and see it as a “low-risk crime”.
The source said: “They are worth a lot of money and very easy to transport.”
Sterling pulled out of the England squad ahead of the 3-0 Round of 16 win over Senegal after his home in Surrey was broken into.
The Chelsea striker has three children in total, two of whom are with fiancee Paige Milian.
Manager Gareth Southgate gave his full support for the player, who returned to England to support his family.
However, the 28-year-old’s partner and children were not at home during the robbery – despite initial reports to the contrary.
Sterling eventually traveled back to Qatar and was part of the squad that was eliminated by France in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
Another Chelsea player, Reece James, 22, was ambushed by a gang targeting his home in Cobham, Surrey, in 2021.
They stole his safe with his Champions League, Supercup and Euro 2020 medals.
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