RAHEEM Sterling and Jamiroquai are among the celebrities that were targeted by thieves who stole more than £500,000 in luxury items.
Three men, all from Liverpool, admitted conspiracy to burgle homes across the UK, Chester Crown Court heard today.
Jamiroquai’s house in Buckinghamshire was among those chosen by the gang.
The homes of Bury FC chairman Steve Dale and Mansfield Town FC owner John Radford were also targetted.
Parry said Thomas Mee, 42, Vincent Ball, 52 and John Barlow, 58 targeted homes “high-wealth individuals” and used sophisticated techniques such as cloned number plates and “dirty phones” to avoid detection.
Simon Parry, prosecuting, said: “These three defendants are a team of highly organised and sophisticated house burglars who have travelled to various parts of the UK, including here in Cheshire.”
The court heard the defendants attempted to burgle Sterling’s home in Goostrey, Cheshire, on November 4, 2018.
Simon Parry, prosecuting, said: “Fortunately the alarm system at the address activated and scared the burglars away. Nothing was taken.”
Ten days later, on November 14 2018, the three men checked into a hotel in Buckinghamshire and later Kay’s home, Horsenden Manor, was targeted.
Mr Parry said the singer’s housekeeper noticed an upstairs window was open and found a camera had been stolen.
A total of more than £550,000 of jewellery, watches and handbags was taken from 14 properties across Nottinghamshire, Worcestershire, Buckinghamshire and Warwickshire between November 2018 and October 2019, the court heard.
On October 5 2019, the burglars were disturbed while in the Prestbury home of Mr Dale.
Watches worth between £300,000 and £500,000 were dropped by the intruders as Mr Dale’s son gave chase and they left the property with only a £10 note.
They were later arrested and items including balaclavas, binoculars, crowbars and cloned number plates were found in a car used by the men.
Anthony Russell, whose property in Lymm, Cheshire, was broken into by the gang, said: “I only hope this is absolutely genuine but perhaps we would really have preferred not to receive this letter.”
Judge Everett adjourned sentencing until Monday.
He said: “These three defendants need to appreciate the effect of their awful actions on all of these people.”