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Woman, 81, suspect in soccer star burglary

LIVERPOOL, England, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- An 81-year-old woman was among five suspects arrested on charges of stealing an Olympic medal and other valuables from an English soccer star.

The woman and four other people -- ranging in age from 19 to 45 -- were taken into custody Thursday night in raids on three houses in Liverpool, the Liverpool Echo reported. All were being held on suspicion of burglary.

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Police said a bronze medal from the Beijing Olympics was recovered. Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva's home was robbed while the team was playing Athletico Madrid in England last week.

Investigators said a large quantity of suspected stolen goods was seized from the three houses. They were unsure if Leiva's collection of Brazilian and Liverpool shirts was among the items.

At least six other Liverpool players have been victims of burglaries -- so many that the team has begun offering advice on home security.

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