He had been caught in action before being put to flight by the occupant of the premises. According to our information, a 17-year-old minor suspected of having tried to rob the home of Sergio Rico, one of Paris-Saint-Germain’s substitute goalkeepers, was arrested on Tuesday, January 10, when he left his vocational high school in the 20th district in Paris. Taken to the premises of the 1st judicial police district (DPJ), he was placed in police custody before being interviewed. Still according to our information, the young burglar would have confessed. This Wednesday, January 11, he was presented to a magistrate from the Paris minors’ prosecutor’s office, before being released under judicial control. He will have to appear, next May, before the juvenile court to be tried.
The track of this suspect, a Terminale student, was quickly traced by the investigators of the Parisian PJ thanks in particular to personal effects “forgotten” by the latter when he had left Sergio Rico’s apartment, located in the 8th district. The facts date back to Sunday, November 13, 2022.
The suspect films himself in the middle of the burglary before losing his cell phone at the scene
That day, the Spanish goalkeeper left his home at the end of the morning, when he had an appointment at the Parc des Princes for the last Ligue 1 championship match before the start of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. . After PSG’s big victory against AJ Auxerre (5-0), Sergio Rico returned to his home around 3:45 p.m. with his partner. When entering his apartment, the PSG goalkeeper sees a stranger, wearing a surgical mask on his face, quickly get out. In a reflex, Sergio Rico tries to hold him back by grabbing his backpack. But the unknown gets rid of it before disappearing. In his escape, the intruder abandoned his backpack and a sports sock, found on the stairs. By opening the said bag, Sergio Rico discovers numerous jewels as well as four luxury watches belonging to him for an amount estimated at €35,000.
Seized of the investigations, the police officers of the 1st DPJ establish that the burglar managed to enter the premises after having forced one of the windows of the room of the Parisian player. Better: by searching the backpack of the climber, they discover various tools but especially a mobile phone. Transmitted to specialists from the cybercrime brigade (BL2C), the content of the device is particularly valuable: the burglar, one hand protected by a sports sock, filmed himself committing his crime! Already known to the police, he was identified thanks to his DNA found at the scene. Contacted, his lawyer, Me Karim Morand-Lahouazi, did not “wanted to express themselves”.
In January 2021, Sergio Rico had already been the victim of a break-in in Neuilly-sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine) while he was playing a match with his teammates at the Parc des Princes. In recent years, many PSG players have been victims of burglaries. In March 2021, the homes of the Argentinian Angel di Maria and the father of the captain of the Parisian club, Marquinhos, were targeted during the same evening.