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While Declan Donnelly was sleeping in his family home, a gang of men plotted to steal his car by attempting to break into his house, a court heard.
Four men pleaded guilty to setting out to steal a number of high value vehicles with a value totalling £750,000 – including Dec's black Range Rover.
Ellis Glynne, 29, Connor Murray, 21, Perry Ogle, 23, and Vinothkumar Ratnam, 37, pleaded guilty on Wednesday, admitting that they attempted to steal the cars between January 1 and July 9 this year.
Dec's £5 million home was targeted by thieves while he, his wife Ali, their daughter Isla, three, and sausage dog Ricky were asleep in the early hours of April 6.
But the four thieves escaped without the car before Metropolitan police officers arrived at the address at 1am.
The 43 year old TV star and his family were unaware of the attempted theft until they were informed of the incident by the police.
"They couldn’t force the gates open and that’s what made them give up, and flee," a source previously said.
“Dec and Ali weren’t disturbed. The first they realised anything was amiss was in the morning.”
Forensic squads were sent to Dec's house to check for evidence and CCTV was also taken for further analysis.
OK! previously contacted Dec's representative who declined to comment.
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Ellis and Vinothkumar, who are both from Surrey, and Connor and Perry who are from Hounslow, appeared in the dock at Kingston Crown Court alongside four others.
While four of the defendants pleaded guilty to the crime, Alfie Chandler, 18, also from Honslow pleaded not guilty.
Judge Sarah Plaschkes QC went on to set a trial date of January 4 next year.
The judge remanded Ellis and Connor in custody while the other defendants were released on bail ahead of a further hearing which takes place on October 15.
It comes after Dec delivered an "emotional speech" at his best friend Ant McPartlin's wedding to Anne-Marie Corbett.
Dec was over the moon to be celebrating 45 year old Ant's special day, telling him he is "the best friend a man could have" before reading a prayer at the ceremony.
Ant also said in his own wedding speech: "When Anne-Marie walked into the church, I had to fight to hold it together as she looked so beautiful.”
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