Six are arrested for breaking into a creepy abandoned mansion owned by the Greek owner of a real estate magnate
Six people have been arrested on suspicion of breaking into an abandoned mansion that has been rotted away.
The arrests come just days after MailOnline revealed that the mansion at King’s Langley, Hertfordshire was the home of a Greek millionaire, father of five Athanasios Tachmintzis, 70.
The house is believed to have been abandoned for more than three years, but no one knows who was when it was abandoned.
Photos of the huge pillow have been published in several newscasts, showing the abandoned lavish residence full of designer clothes, near King’s Langley. Outside are four or five cars – including a rusted Bentley – in overgrown grass.
Hertfordshire Constabulary has said it was sued on Thursday, May 21 for two separate incidents. Police were first called in at 9:40 a.m. for reports of suspicious activity in the property.
Officers lived and arrested two men, aged 26 and 44, from Hemel Hempstead, on suspicion of an attempted burglary.
Hertfordshire Constabulary has said it was called on May 21 for two separate incidents in the house (photo). A Greek millionaire once lived in the abandoned mansion.
Later in the evening, the police were called again at 11:51 p.m. for reports of further suspicious activity in the same building.
Officers were present and arrested four people.
A 22-year-old man from the Kings Langley area was arrested on suspicion of break-in, equipped to break in, take a vehicle without the owner’s permission and possession of Class B drugs.
A 21-year-old man from Hemel Hempstead, a 19-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy – both from the Kings Langley area – were arrested on suspicion of burglary, equipped to break in, and took a vehicle without the owner’s permission .
Six people were arrested on suspected burglary on May 21. Picture: an old Bentley at the house
Designer clothing – including the labels Yves St Laurent, Gucci and Louis Vuitton were left on rails in a bedroom in the abandoned house. Father of five Athanasios Tachmintzis, 70, lived in the imposing property near King’s Langley, Hertfordshire for about 18 years, before suddenly disappearing more than three years ago
Villagers told MailOnline how the father of five Athanasios Tachmintzis, 70, lived in the imposing house for about 18 years before suddenly disappearing more than three years ago.
Mr. Tachmintzis, who has owned the property since 1999, lived there for almost two decades with his two daughters and at least one of his sons, but it is unclear who was at the house when it was abandoned and frozen in time.
Athanasios Tachmintzis’ Nicholas’s son (pictured) lived at the estate in King Langley, Herts, with the wealthy family
His wife Sharon, born in North Wales, died in May 2004 at the age of 52 after a 32-year marriage. The couple had three sons Alexis, 43, Nicholas, 41 and Paul, 36, as well as daughters Kiristiana, 34, and 28-year-old Alicia.
Mr. Tachmintzis, known as Thanos, would be so concerned about security that he once had guards at the gate of his luxury home and kept Dobermans as watchdogs.
For years, neighbors have wondered why the residents hastily fled the house, leaving behind a large number of belongings.
Last week pictures of an urban explorer who entered the house appeared, photographing furniture, ornaments, hanging designer clothes and even a half-finished chess game on the table.
The terrifying images also showed a snooker table with balls scattered across the sheet as if players had left in the middle of a game, as well as five cars on the overgrown terrain, including the rusty Bentley.
A Japanese-themed piano takes first place in one of the rooms with the music left out to play, while piles of china on a coffee table sit next to strangely white and dust-free sofas.
A villager, unwilling to be named, said, “I ride the horse every day, and suddenly about three years ago I realized that the people there had just disappeared.
“I thought they had gone somewhere and then came back – but no one did. It is very strange.
Mister Tachmintzis is said to have lived with his two daughters and at least one of his sons in the past, but it is unclear who was at the house (photo, a half-finished snooker game) when it was abandoned and left frozen in time
Mister Tachmintzis, known as Thanos, would be so concerned about security that he once had guards at the gate of his luxury home (photo, a telescope) keeping Dobermans as watch dogs
At first the gates were just closed and then a padlock and chain appeared on it. You could just see the grass getting longer and growing around the cars.
“No one around here has any idea what happened to them and why they just went up and left. It is a real mystery. They clearly had a lot of money because it is a big house. There was always a lot of coming and going with different people going in and out.
Another woman, holding a horse nearby, said, “I knew the guy as Thanos. I once had my horse in the field next door and a tree fell in his yard and landed on the neighbor’s land.
The gates to the house begin to overgrow with weeds and shrubs while the imposing mansion remains abandoned
Cadastral records reveal that the house (photo, kitchen) has been owned by a company called Ainhurst Enterprises Ltd since 1999, with address to a law firm in Bournemouth, Dorset
“He eventually fixed it and gave me his phone number in case I had to call him again, but I lost it when I changed phones.
“It’s such a shame the house was left to ruin. I always saw a lot of people there. I don’t know if they were workers or family. ‘
Cadastral records show that since 1999 the house has been owned by a company called Ainhurst Enterprises Ltd, with an address at a law firm in Bournemouth, Dorset.
The company does not appear in Companies House records, which suggests it is based abroad. The land registry data also shows that a number of fees have been charged for alleged unpaid bills against the abandoned house.
Three of the costs registered in 2017 relate to the repayment of amounts allegedly due to energy company Dong Energy Sales (UK).
For years, neighbors have wondered why the residents hastily fled the house (photo, a hot tub) and left behind a large number of belongings
The mansion, with eight bedrooms, six bathrooms, and four reception areas (pictured), is now well past its heyday
There are also three charges related to debt that are said to be owed to the Three Rivers District Council. Two of the charges were recorded in 2018, and the third was last year.
Mr. Tachmintzis’ business affairs seem shrouded in mystery. Companies House records described him as a British real estate advisor when he was director of a real estate manager between 1991 and 1995.
His only other UK management was in a company called Imperial Estates London Ltd, which was founded with him as the sole shareholder in June 2017 and gave his nationality as Greek. The company never filed bills and was removed from the company register in August last year.
Old cars that have not been used for years since the previous owners left the house are left outside the towering building
The mansion (pictured) in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, is just steps from Watford and is strangely well-preserved
He was also registered as living in a Georgian house in Cliveden Place, Belgravia in 2016. The leasehold of the house was bought in July last year for £ 1,075,000, while only 18 years remained on the lease.
The new owners are an architect-owned limited company using the same North London postal and registered office as thousands of other companies, including two companies associated with the sons of Mr. Tachmintzis, Nicholas and Paul.
Nicholas also used the home near King’s Langley as the registered address of a sleeping company called Mirai Industek Ltd in December 2018.
A time-locked watch sits untouched on a bedside table while designer clothes are still stacked on rails in a bedroom
A Japanese-themed piano takes first place in one of the rooms with the music left out to play, while stacks of china sit on a coffee table next to strangely white and dust-free sofas
Amazingly, a potted plant still lives in its pot on a windowsill next to a telescope ready for its owner to gaze at the night sky
Teacups and saucers sit on a table by a large fireplace, while a globe sits alone in the corner of the spooky living room
The company that had served as a director since January 2014 was demolished in April last year. Companies House records described the nature of the business as “non-specialized wholesale”.
The urban explorer said he had never seen such a well-preserved abandoned house. He said that unopened mail had filled the entrance hall, which dates back to 2016.
He said, “It was a great house to visit. I have seen many of these places and most of them are in a much worse condition than this.
“It was literally like the people who lived there got up in the middle of the night and ran without taking anything. There was still dry cleaning in the plastic packaging – it seems they didn’t even pack a bag. ‘
“It must have been a quick move, because even their toothbrushes were still there.”
The Hertfordshire Police Department has been contacted for the final comment