Two men suspected of plotting to kidnap British blue-eyed soul star Joss Stone are under arrest after they were found lurking outside the singer’s home carrying swords, rope, and a body bag.
Oh my, Joss. In the words of Oda Mae Brown:
Neighbors spotted the would-be burglars driving slowly around Stone’s country house in Devon, located about four hours south of London, Tuesday night and called police, according to reports. When stopped by officers, the still-unidentified men, ages 33 and 30, were found carrying detailed maps and aerial photos of Joss’ house. They were initially arrested for possession of concealed weapons and intent to commit burglary, but cops are now considering adding charges of conspiracy to rob and murder to the fold.
“The men had information and items that lead us to suspect that they may have intended to commit a criminal offense,” says Detective Inspector Steve Parker, lead investigator on the Stone attempted kidnapping. “Police inquiries continue and the men remain in custody. We’re unable to say anymore at this time but I would like to thank the local residents for reporting the suspicious car.”
The men are believed to be residents of nearby Manchester, where the red Fiat Punto they were driving is registered to another owner.
Stone, who burst onto the US pop scene with the 2004 single “You Had Me,” has sold more than 11 million albums worldwide and boast a fortune valued at nearly $20 million. In May, the UK’s Sunday Times Rich list placed Joss, 24, as the fifth wealthiest British and Irish pop star under 30. She’s expected to hit the road on tour in the next few weeks.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their concern but I’m absolutely fine and getting on with life as normal while the police continue with their enquiries,” Stone said in a statement Wednesday.