Two men in their early 30s have been arrested near British singer Joss Stone's isolated U.K. farmhouse, allegedly with swords, rope, and a body bag in their car. Police believe the two were plotting to rob the 24-year-old star, or at minimum "cause her some really serious harm," the Telegraph reports.
Police began investigating the pair's red Fiat Punto after neighbors reported seeing a suspicious car on their quiet country roads. Cops first arrested the duo for weapons possession Monday morning; the charges were later escalated to conspiracy to rob and murder.
Investigators have not identified the two men who drove 250 miles to rural Devon from Manchester, and refuse to confirm what exactly was found in their car, but U.K. papers are reporting the pair also were in possession of floor plans and aerial photos of Stone's property. Police are still trying to determine their motive -- whether they resented her success or simply targeted her for her money, or had some other grudge against the star. According to the Telegraph, Stone is worth more than £9 million, and is one of the Top Five highest-earning female singers in the U.K.
"Joss is aware of the arrests and is being kept informed by the police," one of the singer's reps tells the Guardian. A neighbor told the paper the singer "was quite laid back and not in a major panic" the day after the arrests. What else would you expect from a free-spirit singer who only performs barefoot?
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