AUDACIOUS thieves made off with two "distinctive" Mercedes cars from the Blackmore family home of premiership footballer Jonjo Shelvey.
In daylight, while his family were out of town, the pair of luxury German motors, both white and thought to be top-of-the-range, were driven away.
Car keys were stolen by burglars who broke into the detached house in Hay Green Lane, Hook End.
Former Brentwood County High School boy Jonjo, 20, who secured a dream move to Liverpool FC two years ago in a £1.7 million deal, was in Merseyside with his mother Donna at the time.
His brother George, 21, who lives at the home, was away on a trip during the break-in, and later confirmed one vehicle belonged to the midfielder, the other to his mother.
Essex Police said house-to-house enquiries have been completed and forensic officers carried out a search at the property after the incident, on Thursday, June 28. They are appealing for any villagers who may have noticed suspicious activity to come forward.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Jo Phillips said: "This burglary took place in a remote area of the county and, combined with the theft of two distinctive white Mercedes, would have attracted some attention.
"We would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious, unusual activity on this road during last Thursday afternoon."
Originally from Romford, Jonjo – who supports West Ham United – broke records at his former club Charlton Athletic in 2009 when he became the youngest player ever to play for the first team at the age of 16 years and 59 days .
He also became Charlton's youngest goalscorer – 54 days before his 17th birthday.
Jonjo has played for Liverpool FC 28 times, scoring twice, and represented England Under-21s on four occasions – he is regarded by experts as one of the country's hot prospects.
If you have any information contact Basildon Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Jonjo and members of his family declined to comment.