The thieves got away with £500,000 worth of jewellery and Cowell has commented that the situation was scary. Although he is not upset about the loss of jewels, Simon explains that the realisation someone had been able to get inside his home was the worst part of the burglary:
“Apart from the fact someone broke into my house and stole my stuff, which is scary, it could have been worse. Thankfully no one was hurt. ‘The most frightening thing is someone has been in your house. It’s not what they steal, it’s that’s someone can break into your house. It’s nerve-racking.”
Cowell says it could have been a lot worse if a quick-thinking security guard hadn’t gone after the suspicious looking men after one of the thieves dropped Simon’s passport:
“There are private security guards who patrol the area and they saw the guy leave and he dropped my passport,” Cowell explained. ‘[One] got out the car, picked up my passport, realised it was mine and approached the guy. The guy ran off and then he [the guard] told us there was somebody who’d burgled the house – that’s how we found out about it.”
The security guard is now said to be getting an extra special Christmas bonus this year for his act of heroism!