Tennis Star's Robbers Arrested

Seven suspects have been arrested in connection with the armed robbery of tennis star Anna Chakvetadze and her family, Moscow region police said Thursday.

Chakvetadze, ranked No. 6 in the world, was tied up along with her parents on Dec. 18 by six armed assailants who broke into their home outside Moscow, police said. The thieves reportedly made off with valuables worth more than 5 million rubles ($210,000).

The suspects were arrested this week and have been implicated in more than 50 other robberies, the Moscow region police department said in a statement on its web site.

The suspects are all between the ages of 25 and 40 and live in Moscow or the Moscow region, said Viktor Ishchenko, head of criminal investigations with the Moscow regional police, Interfax reported.

Some, but not all, of the items seized during their arrest belonged to Chakvetadze, including a mobile phone and several pieces of jewelry, Vyacheslav Tochilkin, the acting head of the Interior Ministry's criminal investigations department, told a news conference Wednesday, Interfax reported.

A Moscow region police spokesman declined to comment on the arrests and referred all questions to the official statement.

The assailants gained access to the family home by scaling a security fence. Natalya Chakvetadze, the athlete's mother, awoke at around 4 a.m. to find four masked men armed with knives in her bedroom, Gazeta.ru reported. It was unclear where the other two assailants were at the time.