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Burglars nab jewelry worth $64 million from British model's home

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By Reuters  with NBC News World News
British model and socialite Tamara Ecclestone arrives to attend the Europea
British model and socialite Tamara Ecclestone arrives to attend the European premiere of the film "Frozen 2" on Nov. 17, 2019.   -   Copyright  Niklas Halle'n

LONDON — Tamara Ecclestone, the daughter of former Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone, has had an estimated $64 million-worth of jewelry stolen in an audacious raid from her west London home.

A spokesman said the 35-year-old had been left "angry and shaken" after the burglars apparently evaded both the 24-hour security teams that patrol the street known as "Billionaire Row" and Ecclestone's own internal security officers.

The daughter of Formula One's former commercial supremo lives on Kensington Palace Gardens, among the residences of the French and Russian ambassadors and close to the Kensington Palace home of Prince William and his wife Kate.

Police said a number of items of jewelry were stolen from a property in West London on Friday night and the suspects had fled the house by the time officers and a dog unit arrived.

The building's security team had reported seeing three males inside the property.

"A fast-paced investigation is underway to locate the suspects and missing items," said Detective Sergeant Matthew Pountney.

"I can sadly confirm there has been a home invasion at the Ecclestone-Rutland family home," a spokesman said, referring to her husband Jay Rutland. "Tamara and family are well but obviously angry and shaken by the incident."