St Clair, Trinidad and Tobago, June 12: The home of West Indies batting great has been robbed of $1 million dollars, a bunch of VVIP tickets to a Beyonce Knowles concert and several items of jewellery.
Among the items missing, was the honorary Order of Australia which was bestowed on Lara by Australian PM Kevin Rudd during the hosting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Port-of-Spain on November 29, 2010.
Lara could not be reached for comment, but his mentor Joey Carew has condemned the incident as an insult to the national icon.
“It is more than shameful," Carew said.
Meanwhile, police maintained that the heist was an inside job as there was no evidence of forced entry and was pulled off while Lara left his mansion at Chancellor Hill, St Clair, for three hours on Tuesday.
A shaken Lara walked into the St Clair Police Station on Friday and lodged a report. He told investigators he left his home at 4 pm on Tuesday, secured all doors and windows and returned at about 7 pm.
He went to bed sometime later and when he got up early in the morning, he discovered his metal safe containing the jewellery, cash and other valuables, missing from his master bedroom.
Officers from the Port-of-Spain CID went to Lara"s home in a marked police vehicle and were given a first hand look at the area where the safe used to be.
They spent close to one hour with the retired cricket superstar and returned to their office where they were briefed by Senior Superintendent Glen Hackett who gave instructions for all employees of Lara to be interviewed and their homes searched.