Former England forward Darren Bent had two top of the range vehicles stolen from his luxury mansion in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The Aston Villa striker, currently on loan at Brighton, had his Audi RS6 and Range Rover stolen during the burglary, which took place at his home in Little Aston. The two cars are believed to be worth around £200,000.
Staffordshire police were called to the player's house at 3:15am on Saturday, at which time they discovered locks on a window had been broken - the burglars reportedly broke in to the house to get the keys to both vehicles, reports The Guardian.
Sergeant Richard Morris of Staffordshire Police, insisted that these types of break-ins can be reduced dramatically by upgrading the lock cylinder.
“Offenders have snapped the lock cylinder in two by applying force to the cylinder. Thieves have devised methods of snapping these types of cylinders locks in a matter of seconds while still being able to operate the lock to open the door," Sergeant Richard Morris told the Birmingham Mail.
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“They’re then able to look for the keys to the cars they’ve seen outside and drive them away. This threat can be reduced simply by upgrading the cylinder to one that is specifically designed to prevent this method of attack. We recommend that all vulnerable doors using Euro-Profile cylinder locks be upgraded to incorporate ‘Break Secure’ cylinders.”
BURGLARY CAPS DISAPPOINTING YEAR FOR BENT
The 30-year-old has played only once for his parent club Villa this season, and has claimed to feel alienated at the club in the past.
He insists the drop in quality to the Championship has not affected him, but rather given him a chance to play football regularly again.
"I wasn't getting a lot of game time at Aston Villa and it doesn't bother me that I've had to drop down a division to play football.
"I've seen Brighton play and they play like a Premier League team. They play good football. That's why I wanted to come here and join them," Bent said.
NUMBER OF BURGLARIES IN FOOTBALL INCREASING
The number of burglaries to professional footballers seems to be ever-increasing, with Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama the most recent victim other than Bent.
Wanyama had his house in Winchester broken into last month, with the burglars reportedly stealing his Range Rover Sport and jewellery, amongst other items.
Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur was left devastated when his FA Cup winners medal from Wigan's victory over Manchester City in the 2013 final was taken, along with wedding rings.
Garry Monk, Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka, Djibril Cisse, Frank Lampard, Emile Heskey, Pepe Reina, Steven Gerrard, Andy van der Meyde, Roque Santa Cruz and Darren Fletcher are just some others that have been targeted in recent years.