Beckhams' staff held over alleged theft: reports

Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:12am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Two housekeepers working at the English mansion belonging to David Beckham and his wife Victoria have been arrested on suspicion of stealing memorabilia belonging to the soccer star, media reports said on Tuesday.

Newspaper said possessions belonging to the Los Angeles Galaxy player and his "Posh Spice" wife were allegedly taken from their home, dubbed "Beckingham Palace," in Sawbridgeworth, about 30 miles to the northeast of London.

The personal items, which included football boots, sportswear and designer clothes, were then put up for sale on Internet auction site eBay, the reports said.

Police confirmed they had arrested two people, a 56-year-old woman and a 55-year-old man from Essex, on suspicion of theft from a private address in Sawbridgeworth after officers were alerted last Friday.

The arrested couple are due to return to a police station on November 22.

The Beckhams currently live in a $22 million Beverly Hills mansion but maintain the Hertfordshire mansion as a base in Britain.

(Reporting by Michael Holden, editing by Kate Kelland)

<p>David Beckham and his wife Victoria arrive at the 2008 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles, California July 16, 2008. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>