Thieves followed the Instagram profiles of celebrities to rob them

A four-member gang was arrested in Milan for breaking into the apartments of celebrities that members of the group followed on Instagram in order to gather the information they needed for the robbery.

By studying their photos, the group found the best places to enter the homes of the rich and famous, and by following the marked locations, they discovered where they lived and followed their movements.

Among the victims are TV presenter Dileta Leota and football player Ashraf Hakimi.

One suspect was arrested in January and three more on Wednesday. Among them is a 17-year-old who will appear before a juvenile court.

Surveillance camera footage of the theft revealed that members of the group, aged between 17 and 44, dressed elegantly so as not to attract the attention of residents of affluent neighborhoods where their victims lived. Cameras filmed one member of the group guarding the front of the building, while another climbed up and entered through the window of the apartment on the first floor. “He put on his latex gloves and quickly climbed the pillar and the window on the first floor, forcibly opened it and entered the house,” said Milan prosecutor Francesca Krupi. The thief then opened the front door of the house to the two accomplices and then put the stolen items together in a suitcase that is also owned by the victim.

The first robbery happened on June 6 last year, when a group stole items worth around 150,000 euros from TV presenter Leota, including jewelry, designer handbags and Rolex watches.

Six months later, in December, using the same methods, they broke into the home of Eleonora Incardona, an influencer and former Leota’s daughter-in-law, who is followed on Instagram by about half a million people. They stole nine designer bags, two belts, five scarves, earrings, two brooches, a necklace, a bracelet, a wallet, a suitcase, worth a total of tens of thousands of euros, as well as 1,000 euros in cash, Italian media report.

The gang is also suspected of being behind the theft of several watches belonging to Hakimi, who moved to Inter Milan from Borussia Dortmund in September and was living in temporary accommodation at the time of the theft in November.

The robbers were called acrobats because of their skill and dexterity in climbing the exterior of buildings.

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