Amirkhani, who is based at SBG in Dublin, says he was hanging out with his family at home in Finland when they received a report via the phone that a friend’s house had been broken into and that their young son was hiding in a closet. He runs with his brother to the house, where they split up to try to catch the burglars.
All I see, because my brother went from the other side, all I see is two guys, they looked like Russians, and they were hitting on my brother. I thought that the other guy had a knife. It wasn’t a knife, but it really looked like a knife, and I thought that they are stabbing my brother. And I said, ‘Fuck, I don’t care, they can stab me too, but I am going to help my brother’. So they hit me in my neck and it wasn’t a knife, it was something to open a door, a lock. Then, when I realised that this guy didn’t have knife, I was like, ‘He is going to die now’. All I needed was one punch and this f-cking guy was lying on the snow. Then it was all over the news, and I took one selfie and put it on my Facebook. My cousin, he ran – he had a baseball, and he said, ‘Oh, it’s over. Well, it’s a good warm-up for [UFC Fight Night London].
The second burglar is detained by police. The child is unharmed.
O’Loughlin, an Irish painter, says a large print of McGregor was taken from the Balla Bán Art Gallery in the Westbury Mall near Grafton Street on Sunday, and that Christmas shoppers possibly witnessed the theft.
I just got a call from the gallery yesterday to say, [the person worked there] turned his back to chat to someone and when he looked back it was gone. It is not a small painting, so surely somebody saw the person with it. It is a hard thing to carry around without being noticed. Of course I am annoyed, but I am relieved it was not the original. It took three and a half months to paint with the tattoo taking a good proportion of that. We don’t do many prints, so it is frustrating. I don’t hold out much hope of getting it back unfortunately. The print would have been around €300. [For the original] I’ve been offered €7,000 for it but turned it down. I would like to hang on to it, unless of course Conor himself came looking for it.
A Secret Service agent’s gun, badge, radio, handcuffs, and flash drive are stolen from his car during broad daylight.
Button and Michibata are gassed at their St. Tropez villa, while robbers steal belongings worth £300,000. French police believe the gang had been watching the villa for days before letting off a cannister of anaesthetic gas into an air-conditioning vent. The raiders then broke into the luxury mansion and even walked around the couple’s bed while the couple lay unconscious. They took items including Michibata’s £250,000 engagement ring. Three friends who were staying in the villa are also believed to have been rendered unconscious. The group only discovered they had been targeted when they woke up the next morning and found the mansion ransacked and the engagement ring missing. Local police are trying to identify the burglars using CCTV. Source:
Police have told Jenson they’re convinced the burglars gassed the house using the air conditioning units. Over the past five years, it’s becoming an increasingly common way for top criminals to launch raids on expensive properties in the area without being disturbed. Jenson is convinced that’s what happened too. The burglars were in the same room as him and Jessica, rifling through all their drawers. But they weren’t disturbed at all because the effects of the gas gives the burglars free reign. It was the same for their three other friends — they were all completely out of it.
Team Xtreme’s stolen race car is found abandoned in in a wooded area near Loganville, Georgia. The discovery is too late for Kvapil and the team to compete in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kvapil:
It’s really bizarre. You can handle maybe getting a flat tire, or getting caught up in a wreck, or a blown engine, something that actually happens on the race track. Or you don’t qualify, because you don’t have enough speed. But to not even get a chance … that’s pretty disheartening.
A trailer containing the No. 44 Team Xtreme Racing Chevrolet being driven by Kvapil is stolen from a hotel parking lot in Morrow, Georgia. Team Xtreme is forced to withdraw from the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kvapil tweets photos of the trailer and car.
Thieves break into the wine room of French Laundry and steal up to $300,000 worth of wine. The majority of the 76 bottles are from the Domaine de la Romanée Conti, including bottles from the fabled Burgundy estate’s Romanée Conti vineyard that are worth at least $15,000 each. The chef and proprietor, Thomas Keller, tweets:
On Christmas day, The French Laundry was the victim of a robbery. Specific wines of specific value were stolen (DRC & Screaming Eagle). We have complete trust in the authorities leading the investigation, and we welcome any information our community may have regarding the event…We are confident that if and when any of the stolen bottles appear in public, they will immediately raise questions and red flags among the wine knowledgeable.