The home of Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama was burgled while he was away with his club.
Thieves broke into the home when Kenyan midfielder Wanyama was away for the game at Aston Villa on Monday night.When the 23-year-old returned he found his Range Rover Sport, electrical items and jewellery had been stolen from his home in Winchester. The vehicle was later found in Iver, Buckinghamshire.A Hampshire Police spokesman said: “Officers are currently investigating a burglary at a house in the St Cross area of Winchester. Entry was forced to the home between 8.30am on November 23 and 2.15am on November 25.“Items of electrical property and jewellery were stolen from the address along with the keys to a Range Rover Sport which was then stolen from the driveway.“The car was located during the early hours of Tuesday November 25 in Iver, Buckinghamshire, and has been recovered.”The raid on Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama’s Winchester home is the latest in a long line of burglaries and robberies suffered by Premier League footballers.Here is a look at 11 notable previous incidents:May 2005: Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard had two luxury cars stolen along with a number of other items including a television and laptop computers.As he slept, an Aston Martin DB9 and Mercedes 4×4 were taken from his west London home and ’FFC forever’ – a reference to Fulham – was daubed on a wall.August 2006: Everton winger Andy van der Meyde had his pedigree pet dog stolen.Thieves took Mac – a seven-month-old Dogue de Bordeaux, the breed made famous by the Tom Hanks film Turner and Hooch.They also stole his Ferrari and Mini Cooper cars during the break-in, which took place while Van der Meyde was playing in a testimonial match at Goodison Park.December 2007: Steven Gerrard’s wife Alex Curran and their children were at home when masked raiders targeted the family home, as he led Liverpool to a Champions League win against Marseille.Four thieves wearing balaclavas or hoods escaped with a Rolex watch and two sets of car keys.May 2007: Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina helped his team to a Champions League semi-final triumph over Chelsea by saving two penalties in a shoot-out – then found his home had been ransacked.He returned from celebrations at 12.45am to discover jewellery, a top-of-the-range entertainment system, personal documents and a grey Porsche Cayenne with Spanish number plates were taken. The Porsche was found burnt out.July 2008: Emile Heskey was at training with Wigan when his fiancee was threatened at knifepoint at their home.The raiders took jewellery and a BMW car from the couple’s luxury home in Hale, Greater Manchester.November 2008: Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz was on Premier League duty with his club at Portsmouth when raiders targeted his Cheshire home.In another theft at knifepoint, the Paraguayan’s wife was forced to hand over jewellery.February 2009: Robbers carried out a “terrifying” raid on the home of Manchester United star Darren Fletcher, police said.Hayley Grice, the footballer’s then fiancee, was grabbed by the hair and had a knife held to her throat while being forced to hand over her engagement ring.Fletcher had travelled with United to a Champions League away game at Inter Milan.September 2009: Everton defender Phil Jagielka was confronted by knife-wielding burglars in a terrifying raid on his home.The 27-year-old was watching his team on television when three men burst into the mansion in Knutsford, Cheshire. He was threatened with a knife and forced to hand over jewellery and the keys to his Range Rover.September 2010: Ashley Cole’s new bachelor pad was burgled while the footballer was away with the England team.The 29-year-old had been preparing with the England squad for a match against Switzerland when thieves struck.November 2013: Garry Monk’s home was ransacked while he was undergoing a knee operation.Monk, then a Swansea player and now the club’s manager, was informed a large number of items were taken.They included high-value watches and jewellery, laptops and computer equipment, mobile phones and a Swansea kitbag marked with the number 16 and his initials.May 2014: Wigan player James McArthur spoke of his “devastation” after the FA Cup medal from his side’s victory over Manchester City at Wembley in 2013 was taken.Two wedding rings were also stolen – shortly before the Scotland international was due to get married.