The ex-boyfriend of Tamara Ecclestone said he was shocked once he learned the reason behind his arrest of allegedly stealing 'sentimental' jewels from the socialite heiress, in which he tried to pawn it afterwards according to the report.
Businessman Omar Khyami, 40, whose two-and-a-half year relationship with the wealthy socialite ended in 2012, was detained after theft allegations were made to police this week.
According to Ecclestone, 29, the items were given to her by her billionaire father Bernie, the Formula One boss.
She says she went to police after a "third party" contacted her this week, saying the jewels allegedly belonging to her was being offered for sale by her ex-boyfriend.
The theft claims follow a recent High Court ruling that Ecclestone was wrong to try to reclaim a £380,000 Lamborghini supercar she gave to Mr. Khyami, as a present, when they were dating.
She was told to pay more than £20,000 in compensation to two car companies which were prevented from selling the vehicle while the case was ongoing.
A spokesperson for Ecclestone stated that they learned earlier in the month on June 9th that a concerned third party decided to contact them in regards to the jewelry after Omar Khyami put them on the market for sale.
"These were sentimental pieces of jewelry, gifted to Tamara by her father. Ecclestone is now assisting police with their inquiries."
At his flat overlooking Hyde Park, Khyami – who was arrested after agreeing to attend a police station in West London on Wednesday – told the Mail: ‘I haven’t been with Tamara for two years.
"A lot of the jewels we had together, she constantly changes her mind on whose it is. I was called by the police and asked to come for questioning about the theft of £8,000 in jewels. There were no handcuffs – they just said, “Someone has made an allegation and we have to follow it up."
"It was only a small piece of jewelry, not a watch or anything. "
"I don’t want to hurt her. It’s two years since we’ve been together and I don’t know what she wants."
Asked about Khyami’s arrest, Scotland Yard said last night: ‘On Wednesday June 11, officers arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of the theft of jewelry from an address in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
"The man was taken into custody and since bailed to return on a date in July."
Today Tamara Ecclestone said in a statement: 'It's incredibly sad that Omar feels that he can offer for sale sentimental items from me, items which he knew were not every day pieces.
"There is no logical reason why he could think that two female pieces of jewelry, one even with my name engraved on it could ever be his.
"I will continue to assist the police in their investigation, Ecclestone said in a statement."