Neighbours of West Ham captain Kurt Zouma have spoken of their horror after his home was broken into by an "organised gang" who escaped with £100,000 in cash and jewellery. The highly professional masked gang struck just before midnight on Saturday while Zouma and his young family were at home.
Zouma's home invasion led to his absence from West Ham's 1-1 Premier League draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday, and police warned neighbours about the organised gang. The club has now offered a £25,000 reward for information leading to the gang's capture.
Zouma, 29, and his family had items of significant value and sentimental importance stolen from their £3 million Essex home, according to the club. Neighbours were informed by police that the burglars were professionals and likely entered through the back garden.
West Ham United has expressed its support for Zouma and his family, offering a £25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the burglars. The club described the incident as a traumatic experience for Zouma, his wife Sandra, and their young children.
Zouma is the latest footballer to be targeted by professional robbery gangs, joining a long list that includes Raheem Sterling, Paul Pogba, and Joao Cancelo. The terrifying attack has left Zouma and his family traumatised, with plans to potentially move from their current residence.
West Ham's Joint Chairman David Sullivan, who previously offered a £250,000 reward for information on a burglary at his own mansion, has called on anyone with information about the burglars to come forward. Essex Police are continuing their investigation into the incident.