TV presenter Piers Morgan has revealed burglars stole more than £10,000 from him on holiday in the south of France.
The Good Morning Britain star believes a gang targeted him after spotting his expensive watch.
He reckons they tracked him back from Côte d’Azur celebrity haunt Club 55 to his rented villa using a drone.
The thieves struck last month while he and his family were asleep.
They took cash and jewellery — including an art deco ring he gave wife Celia Walden, 44, for their fifth anniversary.
Piers, 55, said: “It was very orchestrated, and just very unnerving.
“I saw a drone flying over and hovering a couple of days beforehand. They were clearly doing a recee of the villas.
“Apparently they follow you back from Club 55, see you flash your watches, and then clean people out.
“I had no idea at the time. We got up as normal the next morning, and Celia said: ‘Why’s my bag out here? It was in the bedroom.’
“She looked in the bag and a lot of stuff had been taken. They found my briefcase which happened to have a lot of money in it which I hadn’t spent because everywhere you can use cards.
“They took more than ten grand — that was in euros and Pounds and some dollars. So once they got a bundle of cash, they took that and jewellery, and didn’t take anything else.
“They didn’t take any of the laptops or phones as they’re all traceable now, and luckily they didn’t take any of the cards.
“But they took presents I’d bought Celia for our fifth wedding anniversary, and irreplaceable bits of jewellery which weren’t hugely expensive but they were of huge sentimental value.”
Piers — who is back on screens this Sunday for his hit ITV series Life Stories — told how he had taken precautions to prevent a burglary.
He added: “I lied about where I was on Instagram and social media. I said I was in St Tropez when, in fact, I was a few miles away in Ramatuelle. I’d deliberately taken measures to avoid this situation.
“I never named the villa or showed where it could be, so it was nothing we did. Unfortunately now there’s not much the police can do.”
Piers Morgan’s Life Stories is on ITV at 8pm on Sundays
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