A robbery can be a very scary thing for the victim. A person who is being robbed can rarely tell whether or not the robber has gotten what he/she wants, since most robbers are violent and aggressive, and behave as though whatever they attain through force is never enough. Robbers often carry weapons, which means a robbery can result in serious injury or death. Even if the victims are physically safe after a robbery, it is a paralyzing fear to know that a criminal is now aware of their address.
Even though many celebrities live in gated communities and have their own security teams, they’re not immune from robberies. While some people simply find celebrity homes so they can spend a little time in the house and pretend to live “the good life,” some thieves are out to rob. Obviously, it has a lot to do with the fact that celebrities are rich and have lots of valuable items in their homes. There are also some particularly sick criminals who simply want to be able to say that they robbed a celebrity.
As you can see, there are lots of reasons why a robbery can take place, whether you’re part of the Hollywood elite or not. The experience is particularly horrifying if you don’t take the proper safety precautions, but even when you do, things can get pretty scary. Here are 10 of the most terrifying celebrity robberies.
10. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan caught the attention of America with her acting talent as a child, but has had a bit of a rocky road as an adult in Hollywood. She’s been to rehab a few times and is known for showing up late to work, but she’s reportedly on the path to getting her life and career back on track. Lindsay Lohan also had a bit of a scare when a group of jewelry thieves known as “The Bling Ring” broke into her home in 2009. The three thieves left her home when the alarm sounded, but surveillance cameras captured the girls after they stole $130,000 of Lohan’s jewelry and clothes. Thank goodness Lindsay wasn’t hurt, but you’ve got to admit that having that much valuable merchandise taken from your home when you can barely get acting jobs is indeed scary.
9. Audrina Patridge
Audrina Patridge made a name for herself as a cast member on the MTV reality show The Hills. Apparently, “The Bling Ring” had their eyes on her after she started making money, because in 2009, on the night of the Academy Awards, Audrina’s home was robbed. She wrote about the incident on her blog, and even uploaded the surveillance footage of a man and woman leaving her home with two full bags of her belongings. Among the stolen possessions were some of her grandmother’s jewels. The thieves also took Patridge’s laptop and passport. This was particularly scary, because it meant she could become the victim of identity theft and lose even more of her money and other assets.
8. Paris Hilton
One of the celebs hit the hardest by “Bling Ring” robberies was Paris Hilton. What makes this so scary is that the thieves came to her home five times, so there’s always a chance that things could get violent. This is obviously a sign that “The Bling Ring” was specifically targeting Hilton, and you can never really feel at ease when you know thieves are casing your house. Members of “The Bling Ring” took a designer dress from the hotel heiress’ home, along with expensive bras and a bottle of Grey Goose vodka. The thieves also went through some of Hilton’s purses and stole money. Roy Lopez, one of “The Bling Ring’s” most “successful” thieves also reportedly stole about $2 million in jewelry from Paris Hilton.
7. Tyler Perry
In December 2010, Tyler Perry’s home was robbed. A teen by the name of Chloe Ware broke into the director’s home in Atlanta. Unfortunately, that’s not the only time that Tyler Perry was robbed that year. In April of 2010, someone stole Perry’s credit cards. The thief racked up about $30,000 in charges. Even though this is a large sum of money, there are some people in Hollywood who are able to recover this amount quicker than you might think. However, knowing that someone was once out there with your credit card information is enough to keep anybody up at night.
6. LL Cool J
If you take one look at rapper turned actor LL Cool J’s body, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would try to challenge him. When a homeless man broke into the celebrity’s home, he didn’t have a chance to steal anything before LL Cool J punched him in the face and broke his nose. The host of Lip Sync Battle was able to subdue the intruder until the police arrived. Looks like LL was simply acting out the lyrics of his song from back in the day, Mama Said Knock You Out. The star shares that he simply had to do what was necessary to protect his family.
5. Alex Trebek
The Canadian game show host got quite a scare when someone attempted to burglarize his hotel room. Alex Trebek, who is best known as the long-running host of Jeopardy, likely gave the burglar quite a surprise as well, when he chased the criminal out of his room. The woman had been in the room before, and took cash and a bracelet that Trebek’s mother gave him. Unfortunately, Trebek tore his Achilles tendon in the process of apprehending the thief, but it could have been much worse. Alex also assisted in the burglar’s arrest. The incident took place in San Francisco, since Trebek was there to host the National Geographic World Championship.
4. Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson was the victim of a home invasion, and the theft continued as the thief turned into a squatter. Anderson started to notice that certain items of clothing were missing. Then she noticed that there was less bread in the kitchen than there was the day before. She thought maybe she was just imagining things, and figured she should probably get more sleep. After all, the former Baywatch Babe is still pretty busy in Hollywood, and she’s also got two sons (with ex-husband Tommy Lee) to keep up with. After a few days, Pamela realized that a woman had been staying in one of the rooms of her home, which explains the missing clothing and snacks.
Madonna is likely used to having throngs of adoring fans. After all, she is the reigning queen of pop. However, some of her fans get out of hand sometimes, which is why a skilled security team is necessary. In 1995, Madonna’s bodyguards had to shoot a man who was attempting to climb the walls of her home in Hollywood. More recently, another man got into the home Madonna once shared with ex-husband Guy Ritchie. The man tried on some of Ritchie’s clothes and unintentionally made the home alarm go off. When police came to the property to check things out, the guy hid in the cupboards to avoid the cops. Later, he was seen roaming around another house in Madonna’s neighborhood.
2. Halle Berry
Halle Berry is one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. So, it’s no surprise that she likely has more than a few admirers who take their “love” for her to creepy levels. Berry had a stalker for quite some time, and one day when she was at home, the stalker tried to force his way into Berry’s home. It’s not clear whether or not the stalker was trying to steal something that belonged to Halle to keep it for his private collection, or if he planned on harming her. She called the police, but the man fled before the cops arrived. Not even 24 hours later, he was back, and tried to jump over the wall surrounding Berry’s house. Again, he was able to get away before the police could catch him. The next day, the stalker returned to Berry’s house and tried to sneak into the back of the home before he was arrested. Scary.
Singer, rapper, dancer and semi-reformed bad boy, Chris Brown was the target of a pretty scary home invasion. Recently a small group of men invaded his home looking for some money he’d just made for an appearance–$50,000 to be exact. Brown is pretty sure the robbers were close friends of his, since they broke into the home as soon as he left for the club to make his appearance. Chris Brown’s aunt was also in the home at the time, and was in the closet during the robbery. There are even reports that she was held at gunpoint. Obviously, Brown needs to choose his friends with caution, because this robbery could have turned into a terrible tragedy.