A man was detained following a gang raid on Karim Benzema of Real Madrid’s home
While attempting to enter France, a man accused of breaking into Karim Benzema’s Madrid residence was apprehended.
Yesterday, Spanish police said that they had detained one of the alleged gang members responsible for the raid on the football star’s house.
When the Ballon d’Or winner was playing for Real Madrid at home against Elche in January, his San Sebastian de los Reyes pad came under attack.
Officers tweeted a video of them taking the unidentified man into custody while he was in handcuffs.
The 34-year-old has previously been targeted by burglars while playing soccer twice.
While Real and Barcelona were playing each other in their Copa del Rey semi-final second leg matchup in 2019, Benzema’s home was searched.
Spain’s National Police confirmed the arrest, stating: “Officers have apprehended a guy suspected of the burglary perpetrated at the home of a well-known player at the beginning of the year.”
He was detained in La Junquera early on Thursday morning and was remanded in custody after appearing in court.
The police were notified of a violent break-in at the player’s property in Madrid on January 23, which sparked the investigation.
Before breaking into the house and stealing goods with significant economic worth, the thieves shattered and forced through windows.
He is now the second person to be detained in connection with the robbery; the first was a top official of the Albanian government, who was detained in May.
The same individual, who has been charged with numerous further break-ins since 2013, is being sought for extradition to Spain.
Following a spectacular season with Real Madrid, Benzema became the oldest Ballon d’Or winner since 1956 earlier this month and the first Frenchman to do it since 1998.