STACEY GIGGS was targeted by a thief who stole £10,000 of designer gear from her hotel room while she was at a gig by her boyfriend Max George.
THE 41-year-old ex-wife of Manchester United star Ryan Giggs had been attending a concert by former The Wanted star Max, 31, at the Abode Hotel in Manchester when they returned to find her Givenchy bag had been swiped.
The bag contained a Rolex watch, an Apple iPad, Mulberry case, Chanel card holder and a Balenciaga purse.
Apple air pods, a Louis Vuitton diary, two pairs of Rayban glasses and car keys were also in the designer carrier.
Irish farmer Michael O'Brien, 41, who also works with the National Trust was later arrested after Max posted a CCTV picture of him of his social media with the caption: 'Stalker.'
O'Brien claimed he was a fan of Glad You Came star Max and followed the couple back to their hotel room after the gig in the hope of speaking to him.
But he ''lost his bottle'' and went the bar to get drunk before burgling the pair's room when he saw them go out again.
In a statement to police, mum-of-two Stacey said: ''The incident has left me shaken and worried for my safety and that of my children. Some of the property had very personal information on it.''
Many of the items were not recovered.
At Manchester Crown Court, O'Brien of Kilcullen, Kildare, Republic of Ireland, pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced to eight months jail, suspended for a year.
He must pay Stacey £10,000 compensation and £510 costs.
The incident occurred on February 28 after Max was playing a gig for a handful of fans at the four-star hotel.
Craig MacGregor, prosecuting said: ''On the morning of the 29th Mrs Giggs was about to check out when she noticed her Givenchy bag and its contents were missing.
''Many of the items have designer labels thus the total cost of the items stolen and not recovered was about £10,000. "
CCTV showed O'Brien was seen entering the room during the break-in. which lasted about four minutes.
The defendant was a fan of Max George, broke into his hotel room, stole the singer’s pants and t-shirts and then effectively discarded a Rolex watch and other goods of high monetary and personal worth belonging to Mrs Giggs
Following the raid, Mr George put an image of O'Brien on social media calling him a “stalker”, the court heard
O'Brien handed himself into a police station onFebruary 29, 2020 after seeing the tweet.
Mr MacGregor added: 'This was a planned and targeted offence.
"The defendant said he took two T-shirts and two pairs of pants belonging to Mr George, put them in a bag and then left after about five minutes.
"He went back to his hotel noticed there were various other items he did not intend to steal.
"He says he took the bag back to Abode and left the bag in the doorway before going to into Manchester drinking.
''It seems the defendant was a fan of Max George, broke into his hotel room, stole the singer’s pants and t-shirts and then effectively discarded a Rolex watch and other goods of high monetary and personal worth belonging to Mrs Giggs."
Sentencing Judge Alan Conrad QC told O'Brien: ''It is said you are ashamed and you should well be ashamed.
"It was disgraceful offence. Stacey Giggs and Max George were entitled when they left their room to feel the room was safe from being violated."
O'Brien had no previous offences on his record.
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