Man posed as millionaire house buyer to steal more than £803,000 of jewels including from Petra Ecclestone, the daughter of Bernie Ecclestone

Basildon Recorder: William Flynn William Flynn

A MAN stole more than £803,000 of jewels from millionaires including celebrity Petra Ecclestone, the daughter of billionaire F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone,  while posing as a wealthy housebuyer.

William Flynn, 36, targeted homes across Southend and London, taking diamonds, jewellery and designer watches in what a judge described as “skillful and well planned” operation.

He was sentenced to eight years in jail when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court this afternoon.

Basildon Recorder: A man posing as 'Oleg from Kazakhstan' allegedly stole jewellery worth 500,000 pounds from Petra Ecclestone's mansion during a viewing

Petra Ecclestone

In August, the 24-year-old F1 heiress  put her home in London's Belgravia on the market for £23million - but was stunned to discover the disappearance of diamond earrings and a diamond Rolex watch following a viewing.

Flynn told the vendor he was  a Kazakh-millionaire.

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4:47pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Vox SoS says...

silly Billy
silly Billy Vox SoS

5:40pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Discouraged says...

I know he deserves prison but why do child rapists like Stuart Hall only get 30 months?
I know he deserves prison but why do child rapists like Stuart Hall only get 30 months? Discouraged

5:56pm Thu 2 Jan 14

God of Shoplifting says...

Discouraged wrote:
I know he deserves prison but why do child rapists like Stuart Hall only get 30 months?
The systems a mess.
[quote][p][bold]Discouraged[/bold] wrote: I know he deserves prison but why do child rapists like Stuart Hall only get 30 months?[/p][/quote]The systems a mess. God of Shoplifting

6:05pm Thu 2 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

i bet the greedy estate agents eyes lit up with ££ signs at the thought of a sale and a big commission coming their way, theres no way he looks like a Kahzak Millionaire..or even an Irish one.
i bet the greedy estate agents eyes lit up with ££ signs at the thought of a sale and a big commission coming their way, theres no way he looks like a Kahzak Millionaire..or even an Irish one. DogsMessInLeigh

7:09pm Thu 2 Jan 14

InTheKnowOk says...

He gets 8 years but will do half .. No money will have come from his pocket to reimburse the things he took .. The law is an **** as far as I'm concerned !!
He gets 8 years but will do half .. No money will have come from his pocket to reimburse the things he took .. The law is an **** as far as I'm concerned !! InTheKnowOk

7:41pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Will_s1986 says...

This bloke stole from someone I know there house is on the market for £1.2 million! Do you not think the estate agent would have been suspicious viewing a house in that price range the viewing a £23 million pound London house?!?
This bloke stole from someone I know there house is on the market for £1.2 million! Do you not think the estate agent would have been suspicious viewing a house in that price range the viewing a £23 million pound London house?!? Will_s1986

8:12pm Thu 2 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Will_s1986 wrote:
This bloke stole from someone I know there house is on the market for £1.2 million! Do you not think the estate agent would have been suspicious viewing a house in that price range the viewing a £23 million pound London house?!?
doubt it...they just saw £££££ signs.
[quote][p][bold]Will_s1986[/bold] wrote: This bloke stole from someone I know there house is on the market for £1.2 million! Do you not think the estate agent would have been suspicious viewing a house in that price range the viewing a £23 million pound London house?!?[/p][/quote]doubt it...they just saw £££££ signs. DogsMessInLeigh

9:24pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Nebs says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Will_s1986 wrote:
This bloke stole from someone I know there house is on the market for £1.2 million! Do you not think the estate agent would have been suspicious viewing a house in that price range the viewing a £23 million pound London house?!?
doubt it...they just saw £££££ signs.
Estate agents never check potential buyers credentials.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Will_s1986[/bold] wrote: This bloke stole from someone I know there house is on the market for £1.2 million! Do you not think the estate agent would have been suspicious viewing a house in that price range the viewing a £23 million pound London house?!?[/p][/quote]doubt it...they just saw £££££ signs.[/p][/quote]Estate agents never check potential buyers credentials. Nebs

9:30pm Thu 2 Jan 14

girlie71 says...

just wondered why these valuable items werent locked away ?
just wondered why these valuable items werent locked away ? girlie71

9:42pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Robin Reliant says...

I would insist on an accompanied viewing if i was selling anyone could be looking around your home, i think one needs a gut feeling with people.
I would insist on an accompanied viewing if i was selling anyone could be looking around your home, i think one needs a gut feeling with people. Robin Reliant

7:34am Fri 3 Jan 14

ColonelSpiffSpaff says...

He probably spent at least 40% the money on sausage rolls
He probably spent at least 40% the money on sausage rolls ColonelSpiffSpaff

11:45am Fri 3 Jan 14

Bernard Fatsack says...

is this burglar Karl Pilkington ?
is this burglar Karl Pilkington ? Bernard Fatsack

5:26pm Fri 3 Jan 14

runwellian says...

girlie71 wrote:
just wondered why these valuable items werent locked away ?
Perhaps they were hoping for a burglary to claim money, you never know these days, the more they have the more that want!
[quote][p][bold]girlie71[/bold] wrote: just wondered why these valuable items werent locked away ?[/p][/quote]Perhaps they were hoping for a burglary to claim money, you never know these days, the more they have the more that want! runwellian

12:59am Sat 4 Jan 14

ColonelSpiffSpaff says...

Why would somebody that rich selling a £23million house lose their jewellery for £800,000 insurance which they wouldnt get anyway because they wernt securely stored, these people are just so rich and self obsessed they never think about being robbed or any of the things normal people think
Why would somebody that rich selling a £23million house lose their jewellery for £800,000 insurance which they wouldnt get anyway because they wernt securely stored, these people are just so rich and self obsessed they never think about being robbed or any of the things normal people think ColonelSpiffSpaff

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