Scotland Yard police are hunting for burglars who broke into the Wimbledon home of Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho carting away valuables put at about half a million pounds.
Sakho, his wife Majda and three children were away from the £7million London mansion when the thieves broke in for their nefarious act.
Sakho was away in preparation for away match against Southampton when the incident occurred. The game ended one apiece .
The shocked French international, who moved to the south London club from Liverpool 2017 and now, earns £100,000 a week, told the Evening Standard : ‘Everything is OK. Me and my wife, we’re OK’.
The Sakhos rented the house from former Arsenal star Nicholas Anelka who ironically was at home in 2014 when the Wimbledon Prowler Asdrit Kapaj also tried to break in.
Met detectives believe two men carried out the raid and while no information has been released about what was taken, the Evening Standard believed the items could be worth up to £500,000.
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.’
In 2015 a Colombian female kingpin living in West Norwood was rooted out and jailed after masterminding 800 burglaries but the gangs are still hitting high-value houses, often in London’s richest suburbs or in Asian communities where residents often have large amounts of gold at home.