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John Terry's House Was Burgled After 'Thieves Saw Photos Of Him On Holiday'

John Terry's House Was Burgled After 'Thieves Saw Photos Of Him On Holiday'

Former England star John Terry had his £5 million ($6.5m) mansion burgled by a gang of thieves while he was on a skiing holiday with his wife.

According to the Mirror, the gang could have been alerted to the property being left empty by John sharing snaps of himself and Toni on the slopes, as well as previous posts of the amazing house.

Terry has around three million followers on his Instagram page.

Great few days away Skiing with the family :ski::snowflake: @toniterry26 :flag_fr:
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A source told the Sun: "They love sharing photographs, but they haven't been very subtle about their home.

"There have been a number of cases where high-profile people have been targeted because of their Instagram and Twitter pages - and John and Toni are very regular posters online.

"It's a very real possibility that these burglars have seen some of their posts."

The men, armed with axes, took around £400,000 ($532,000) of designer goods and jewellery from the Surrey mansion.

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Amongst the stuff they stole was a £61,000 ($79,700) eternity ring, Cartier jewellery worth £219,000 ($286,000) and a signed first edition Harry Potter book reported to be worth around £18,000 ($23,500).

They also caused around £19,000 ($24,800) worth of damage to carpets and furniture.

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Darren Eastaugh, 30, Joshua Sumer, 27, Roy Head, 28, and 25-year-old Oliver Hart have all appeared in court, where they pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit burglary.

Kye Hardy-King, 25, has pleaded guilty to one count of handling stolen goods.

The men will be sentenced at Kingston Crown Court later today.

The case serves as a reminder to everyone about not sharing too much on social media. A study from Together Mutual Insurance found that 68,000 people used Instagram to tag themselves at a UK airport, which in itself is no bad thing - who doesn't love an airport tag-in and a photo of your Wetherspoon's pint?

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@toniterry26 :sunny::flag_pt: :heart:
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However, a study from security experts Friedland, who interviewed 50 former burglars, found that almost 78 percent of them used social media to pick out potential victims.

Bad times when you can't even share a photo of your over-priced airport breakfast without worrying about some scumbag robbing your house, aren't they? But the general advice is 'think before you post' and make sure your account is private.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/John Terry

Topics: Instagram, Burglary

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]