Jamie Oliver made a citizen’s arrest, thwarted a home invasion


This story is as scary as it is heroic. Chef Jamie Oliver had to chase down a man attempting to burglarize his home last week. The perpetrator had already tried to knock off some other places in the area, including Kate Moss’ house. What’s particularly unnerving is that Jamie’s wife and all five of his children were home at the time. The good news is that no one was hurt and nothing was stolen or damaged. Jamie took off after the guy, caught him, and pinned him down until the police arrived. Just goes to show, folks – never cross a man who wields a knife and mallet for his job.

Jamie Oliver tackled a burglar to the ground after an attempted home invasion last week.

The acclaimed chef was at his house in London with his wife, Jools Oliver, and their five children when he caught the burglar trying to break in. According to reports, the burglar is believed to have attempted to break into other residences in Oliver’s neighborhood, such as Kate Moss’ home, before trying to get into the chef’s place.

A spokesman for the Scotland Yard said in a statement, “At 7.13pm on Tuesday, 4th of September, police were called to reports of an aggressive male attempting to gain entry to residential addresses in N6. The male was apprehended by members of the public and was ¬subsequently detained by police. He was taken to a North London police station where he remains at this time. Officers from Central North Command Unit are investigating.”

A source dished to the Daily Mirror, “Jamie went absolutely mad and sprinted after the man down the street before catching up with him and pinning him down to the floor. He was then joined by his driver and a handful of ¬neighbours who helped him hold down the burglar until police arrived to arrest him.”

[From E News]

I am truly not trying to take anything away from Jamie but this burglar may want to reconsider his chosen profession if he hits up a whole neighborhood, enters none of them and then get taken out by a chef and his driver. Although I realize a driver that is still around at seven in the evening probably serves double duty as a bodyguard. Either that or Jamie had just gotten home or was preparing to leave, which begs the question – what if this guy had been there 15 minutes later, after Jamie had left? Like I said, it’s scary, I’d be all kinds of shaken up. Considering this guy had clearly targeted the neighborhood, Jamie did everyone a favor. Plus he’s now certified as a bad @ss. I’ll bet he’s the most popular person at the next block party (for the whole ‘saved the neighborhood’ thing and his potato salad).

Jamie will soon be entering your home, however, if you shop regularly at Tesco. He recently announced a partnership with the grocery store chain, for whom Jamie has, “created a series of recipes and tips for Tesco, which will include “healthier” recipes from scratch.” The idea is that he will promote “helpful little swaps” that will reduce your salt, sugar and fat intake. The announcement has been met with mixed emotions (and some very funny tweets). As long as it’s not promoting one brand over another, which would be a commercial nightmare for Tesco, I think it’s a good concept. And this is Jamie’s crusade so it sounds like a good fit to me.

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“That’s right, I will take you out with my satchel, punk!”

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  1. SM says:

    Like you said, not to take anythig away from Jamie, but if a guy who loves to eat and does not strike you as the most fit person on earth chases and holds you down, probably you should not be in a business where your speed is a crucial part of doing your “job”.

  2. ab says:

    good for jamie. home invasion is scary and one of my big fears. but what kind of burglar is trying to break into peoples’ homes at 7pm on a tuesday? even if you think the residents aren’t there, there are so many potential witnesses just out and about at that time of night.

    • Esmom says:

      Break-ins are on the rise in my neighborhood — just last Friday an armed guy broke into a home at round 2:00 pm while the three elderly residents were home! They managed to get out and armed police surrounded the house, all while people were out walking their dogs and kids were coming home from school. I usually work from home with my back door open but I’ve been keeping it locked since then.

      • ab says:

        that is wild! I am at home all day and usually leave my balcony door open but will close it if I am away from the living room for awhile. people are getting desperate these days.

  3. Rapunzel says:

    Some crooks are just awful at choosing their targets. I remember being on a trip in Florence Italy where a tour mate of mine was almost a victim of a pickpocket. He had nothing in his pocket but the flap was up so the pickpocket thought that he would be an easy target. But the guy was 6’3, 250 pounds and a judo master. Dude got his butt kicked and hauled off by police.

  4. Ninks says:

    Good for Jamie. That’s really scary.

    Sidenote, when did we start using burglarize instead of burgle? I see it everywhere now.

  5. Amy Tennant says:

    All credit to Jamie for his heroism, but when I saw the pic of him with the big satchel, all I could hear was Bobby Hill’s voice: “That’s my purse! I don’t know you!” LOL

    Seriously, good for Jamie.

  6. Esmom says:

    Adrenaline must have kicked in because I can’t imagine doing that in a calmer state of mind. What if the guy had a gun? That is my fear and no, I don’t think more guns are the solution. Glad no one was injured or worse.

  7. Amelie says:

    Doesn’t sound like a very smart burglar at all! Not sure how common burglaries are in the US but pretty much every single one of my relatives in France has gotten burglarized, usually stuff like stereos/VCRs/computers get stolen. Just last year my uncle heard his alarm go off in the middle of the night and figured it was just a malfunction. The next morning he saw someone had tried to force a window (or a door I can’t remember something was broken). Our rental car even got burglarized once, I think people stole our lunch food (this was also in France).

    My first instinct would not be to run after the burglar though I commend Jamie for his bravery. I’d be so afraid the guy might have a knife or a gun or some kind of weapon. I’ve been thinking of just having a bat on hand on for self defense just in case because you never know.

    • Amy Tennant says:

      Wow! Maybe it’s an urban vs suburban vs rural thing rather than a nation vs nation thing, but I only know a couple of people who have ever had their homes burglarized. A couple of other people who have had their cars broken into. Granted, one of those people has had her car broken into numerous times, but she lives in a very urban area and just accepts that it is going to happen. I can’t imagine every member of my family having their home burglarized. It sounds so terrifying!

  8. chlo says:

    With the scarf, glasses and hair, I thought that was Ewan McGregor in the header photo at first!

  9. brooksie says:

    I chased down a guy in Barcelona who ran off with my purse. Looking back, it was really stupid of me as the consequences could have been way worse, but I finally understand what people mean when they say that adrenaline took over.

  10. Sara says:

    5 kids! That’s all i could read! How can anyone deal with that in this day and age?