Elite family home raided by intruders
A gang has targeted the Rothschild’s mansion in London seizing a jewelry and gems totaling to almost $1 Million from the banking heiress Kate Rothschild.
The burglars scaled a rear wall of the house in order to enter the heiress’s bedroom in Barnes, London.
The robbers fled with a large jewelry box full of valuables including an antique diamond dragonfly brooch and Rothschild engagement rings.
Ms. Rothschild, 35, had returned home with her boyfriend entrepreneur Paul Forkan after a night out in London when they found they could not get into their room.
Mr. Forkan then scrambled through the open bedroom window and found the room had been locked by the burglars from the inside.
The jewelry box which contained “everything precious” to Ms. Rothschild” had gone.
“They took every single thing of value Kate has, her wedding ring, engagement ring, everything I gave her during our marriage, special things from when she was a teenager, things from her father and her grandmother.”
“These things should have been passed on to our daughter Iris, and to her daughter. I hope they catch this person. I hope we get these things back. I can’t imagine the kind of person that breaks into women’s bedrooms to steal their most precious things. I will pay a reward to anyone with useful information.”
The Evening Standard reports: Mr Goldsmith, 37 — younger brother of Tory MP Zac and son of billionaire Sir James — told the Standard:
He said their sons Frank, 12, and Isaac, 10, and the babysitter were asleep when she returned to the house at 2 am last Thursday.
None heard or saw anything suspicious. The intruders failed to disturb Ms. Rothschild’s dog.
Friends say Ms Rothschild, a music producer, was distraught but is thankful her children and babysitter were not hurt.
Stolen items included sentimental pieces belonging to her banker father Amschel, who hanged himself in the Hotel Bristol in Paris in 1996 when she was only 13.
Also taken was an antique diamond and plique-à-jour enamel dragonfly brooch; gold, ruby and diamond retro bracelet; gold four-row tracelink chain bracelet; wedding ring engraved with names Ben and Kate; and a diamond cushion-shaped single stone engagement ring in a platinum setting.
Earlier in the evening she and Mr Forkan were at 5 Hertford Street for the book launch for A Love of Eating, co-written by Standard columnist Jemima Jones, wife of Mr Goldsmith.
Mr Forkan is the co-founder of fashion chain Gandys. In 2004 he lost his parents in the Boxing Day Tsunami, and set up children’s homes for orphans after the tragedy.
Police have warned about burglary gangs targeting wealthy properties in affluent areas. The London burglary rate is up a third in the last 12 months, according to the Met.