In the early hours of Wednesday morning, robbers broke into Dele Alli’s house stealing jewellery. It is rumoured that among the stolen items was a £850,000 watch.
Alli was at his home in Barnet, North London with his adopted brother Harry Hickford and both of their partners, as well as another close friend. Alli has been isolating with long term model girlfriend Ruby Mae.
When the intruders broke into his gate home, Alli was downstairs playing pool with Hickford, who acts as the player’s agent as well as his brother. The robbers were armed with knives and wore balaclavas to conceal their identity.
The £150,000-a-week star was punched in in the mouth, with his friend also beaten. Both had minor injuries to their lips and didn’t need to visit the hospital to receive treatment. When police arrived on the scene, they remained at the property for the rest of the night.
Alli took to Twitter late last night to thank everyone for their support and messages. Spurs also released a statement, asking anyone with information to come forward.
Alli is situated near the M25 and police believe the lack of traffic due to the coronavirus lockdown may have aided the criminals’ escape. Police are currently going through Alli’s security footage to see if there is anything that can help in their investigation.
Footballers have been subject to targeting from criminals in recent years, perhaps due to their lofty wages. Spurs teammate Jan Vertongen was targeted in March. The Belgian was in Germany, facing RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League when his house was invaded.
The likes of Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Mesut Ozil and Mamadou Sakho have also been targeted in recent years. With an obvious link being all these players featured for London based clubs.