A Gang stole £400,000 of luxury goods from John Terry’s mansion — including handbags worth £126,000.
Three axe-wielding burglars targeted the 36-year-old England legend’s Surrey pad while he was on a skiing holiday with wife Toni and their twins.
As well as Toni’s bags, the thieves took a trophy, more than £220,000 of gems, cash and signed Harry Potter first edition books worth £18,000.
Three men admitted conspiracy to commit burglary and will be sentenced on Friday.
The gang smashed up the couple’s bedroom as they tried to break into a safe using an angle grinder during the early-hours raid in Surrey last February.
The burglars were spotted on CCTV using a ladder to get into the Terrys’ master bedroom, Kingston crown court heard.
At one point they were seen wandering round the grounds of the Oxshott pad with axes in their hands.
The 36-year-old defender, now with Aston Villa, was away with Toni, 35, and their twin boy and girl, 11.
Prosecutor Rossano Scamardella said: “The defendants were the main players in a gang of men who targeted and burgled high-value domestic properties.
“The burglaries were carefully planned and were carried out with ruthless efficiency.
“The deliberate targeting of expensive homes guaranteed that, once access had been gained, the items found within would be sought-after luxury goods.
“The most high-profile and best example of this was the burglary of former England football captain John Terry’s home address.”
Mr Scamardella added: “This was the first burglary in this conspiracy.
“Meanwhile, The whole family was enjoying a short break abroad, skiing.
All admitted conspiracy to commit burglary.
However, none of the Terrys’ possessions were ever found in the wake of the raid on February 25.