February 5, 2010

Lara robbed of cash, jewellery and Beyoncé tickets

Liam Brickhill

Legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara has been robbed of cash, jewellery and several personal belongings – including more than 40 VVIP tickets for the Beyoncé concert to be held later this month at the Queen's Park Savannah – with a combined value of $1 million. The items were in a safe which was removed from Lara’s home. Lara also lost the honorary 'Order of Australia' which was bestowed on him by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Port-of-Spain last year.

Six people have since been arrested for the theft from his Lady Chancellor mansion, with police believing it to have been an inside job. “It has to be people who knew exactly where to go, and they knew what they were looking for...They timed him very well before making their move,” a police source was quoted as saying by the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian.

The theft was discovered during the early hours of Wednesday morning by Lara. Astonishingly, it appears the safe was stolen while he was asleep in another room in the house. Lara told investigators that at around 8pm, he was watching television when he fell asleep. He said he got up at around 2am and discovered the safe missing from a bedroom. This is not the first time Lara has suffered at the hands of thieves at his home.

Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town

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