Everyone knows that big celebrities have big money and a lot of these celebs love to flaunt their wealth by posting photos of their expensive jewelry on social media. Sure, bragging about gold chains and diamond rings is fun but it's also the best way to show burglars exactly what kind of expensive items they can steal. Nowadays celebrities know that they need to have top-of-the-line security for their homes but they had to learn the hard way.
In 2008 till 2009, celebrity homes were targeted by the now infamous Bling Ring who stole $3 million in cash and belongings from the homes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr, Adrian Patridge, Rachel Bilson, Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green, and Lindsay Lohan. The eight members of the Bling Ring were teenagers and were not, by any means, skilled at burglary. They managed to get into most of the houses because celebrities often left their doors unlocked!
Now, ten years later, a new Bling Ring has popped up but it's already made the original Bling Ring look like child's play in comparison. Celebrity home burglaries have been on the rise since early last year despite the elaborate security measures celebs are taking to protect their valuables. Of course, there are plenty of rich people in Los Angeles that burglars could target but they often go after celebrities because they can tell when they're away from their home by their social media which often gives plenty of details on where they are, and how long they will be gone. Will Sofia Coppola cover these burglaries in her next movie like she did with The Bling Ring? Probably not.
15 They Came In Like A Wrecking Ball
In 2015, Miley Cyrus' home was burglarized for the third time in two years. In November of 2013, a burglar broke into her home and stole $100,000 worth of jewelry and expensive clothes and purses.
In 2014, she was robbed again and this time the burglars stole jewelry, along with her 2014 Maserati Quattroporte which is worth over $100,000. It turns out that the burglars who were responsible for this burglary were actually inspired by Coppola's The Bling Ring. Maybe they didn't finish the movie because if they had, they would know that things didn't work out so well for the original Bling Ring. They were definitely not role models.
In 2015, another burglar made his way into the "Wrecking Ball" singer's home and stole items that belonged to both Miley and her brother. Fortunately for Miley, it's been three years since the last burglary and she hasn't had a break-in since.
14 She Shared A Jail Cell With Her Burglar
Lindsay Lohan was just one of the celebrities targeted by the Bling Ring but her story is definitely the most interesting. This was when the police got their first break in case when images of the thieves found on Lindsay's security camera looked similar to the ones found on Rachel Bilson's after her home was broken into. The Bling Ring was soon caught.
One of the members of the group, Alexis Neiers (played by Emma Watson in the Sofia Coppola film) served a 180-day sentence for felony first-degree residential burglary of Orlando Bloom’s home. It turns out that Neiers also shared a cell with one of her victims/idols: Lindsay Lohan who was had been sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating her probation on a drunk-driving conviction. As of 2017, Alexis works as a counselor and she is married with two children.
13 The Paris Robbery
In October of 2016, Kim Kardashian was the victim of a robbery in Paris and the entire ordeal is downright terrifying. The reality star was held by multiple intruders and tied up with plastic cables and taped her hands and legs together before putting tape over her mouth. Unfortunately for Kim, her bodyguard, Pascal Duvier, was sent to escort Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner around Paris and Kim was left without her main bodyguard, leaving her defenceless.
The burglars stole millions of dollars worth of jewelry, including Kim's $4 million 20-karat-diamond ring. Can you imagine wearing 4 million dollars on your finger? They also stole two diamond Cartier bracelets, a gold and diamond Jacob necklace, and Lorraine Schwartz diamond earrings. The thieves were likely able to find Kim's location by following her Instagram and knew which jewels and valuables to look for, after it was all flaunted on social media. Kim may have lost millions but at least she's still alive!
12 Housewife House Invasion
Kyle Richards' Encino home was burglarized while she and her family were vacationing in Aspen over the New Year in 2017. More than $1 million dollars in the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star jewelry and handbags, $150,000 worth of watches owned by husband, Mauricio Umansky.
Not only were her expensive valuables stolen but her sentimental ones as well. “Everything my mother, who passed away, had ever collected and saved to give to me — that I had always envisioned of passing on to my four daughters — was gone," she said. "Even my children’s baby bracelets. Obviously those are the things that hurt the most, things that I can’t replace. They’re completely invaluable.”
Material items can easily be replaced (especially when you're a millionaire) but no money in the world can replace items of sentimental value.
11 Wedding Day Burglary
When you're spending money on a wedding, it can feel like you're being robbed--who knew flowers were so expensive? However, John Stamos was actually robbed right before his wedding. Stamos' fiancé Caitlyn McHugh returned to their Beverly Hills hotel room to find that her bungalow was ransacked and $165,000 in jewelry had been stolen.
The biggest problem was that most of the jewelry was on loan from the Neil Lane collection for her wedding day which means they will need to pay for all of it if it is not recovered. Since there were no signs of forced entry, it is unclear how the burglars even got into the bungalow in the first place. The two were married in early February, just days after the ordeal looking happier than ever. For the rest of us, it would be difficult to even force a smile if we lost $165k worth of jewelry.
10 He Forgot To Close The Door
Matthew McConaughey was the victim of a robbery in 2008 but we know that the crime had nothing to do with the Bling Ring since he was nowhere near Los Angeles at the time. During a vacation in Nicaragua in 2008, the True Detective star returned to his hotel room after a night out and fell asleep. When he woke up, he realized that burglars had stolen his cellphone and $2,000 in cash.
Was it the fault of faulty security? A picked lock? Actually, the thieves managed to get into McConaughey's room because the door had simply been left wide open while he was asleep. Well, it wasn't completely the actor's fault since he was so drunk the night before that he had to be carried home after asking bar patrons if they had seen his missing flip-flops. Whoever carried him home must have left the door open. McConaughey didn't even bother to call the authorities.
9 This Is What Dreams Are Made Of For A Burglar
Of the many 2017 burglaries, Hilary Duff was just one of the victims. The former Disney star made the mistake of posting photos of herself on vacation in Canada on her Instagram which caused her Beverly Hills home an easy target for intruders. Her home was broken into through a broken down door and the burglars rooted around and stole Hilary's stash of jewelry.
The intruders managed to slip in and out with $100,000 worth of jewels without setting off an alarm. Celebrities are slowly but surely starting to realize that posting photos of themselves on vacation is setting themselves up as easy targets. Other stars such as Scott Disick and Ronda Rousey, have also been victims of similar break-ins in 2017 while they were gone on vacation. It's obviously not their fault that they were robbed, but being a little more secretive about where they go and when they're gone can help prevent robberies.
8 It May Have Been An Inside Job
In February of 2017, Nicki Minaj became another victim in the burglaries plaguing Los Angeles. Again, the burglary transpired while the rapper was out of town. Valuables worth $200k were stolen and not only were items stolen but the house was actually vandalized. Furniture was flipped over, art and photographs were destroyed, and even articles of clothing were cut up into pieces which makes this case much different than the others because it suggests personal motivation.
Why would anyone cut up clothing during a robbery unless they had a personal vendetta against the person they were robbing? It was later alleged that the robbery was an inside job and Nicki's ex-boyfriend, Meek Mill, actually had a hand in it. Though Meek denies having a part in the robbery saying that he didn't need to rob people because he has more than enough money already. A likely story.
7 She Oughta Know Better
Just a few weeks after Nicki Minaj's home invasion, Alanis Morisette became the next victim in the 2017 spree. The break-in occurred at the "Ironic" singer's Brentwood home while she was away with her husband and their children.
The intruders snuck into the house and stole a safe containing $2 million in jewelry and other valuables and, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, there was also some property damage--presumably where the intruders broke in.
Just two weeks before, it was revealed that the singer had also been the victim of a white collar crime. Jonathan Todd Schwartz, her former business manager, admitted stealing more than $7 million from various celebrities including almost $5 million of Morissette's earnings without her knowledge between 2010 and 2014. She oughta know by now not to trust anybody because it seems like everyone has a hand in her pocket.
6 This Burglary Was Not A Work of Art
In 2010, Kate Moss was the victim of a burglary when intruders snuck into her London home by climbing over fences in the back garden. She and her partner were asleep at the time and the burglars stole three works of art, allegedly including Banksy's original portrait of Moss that she had commissioned which was worth $115,000.
Any good burglar will tell you that stealing art is not a good idea because it can easily be traced--which is why so many burglars steal designer clothing and handbags instead. Any good person who ins't a burglar will tell you not to burglarize peoples' houses but you should already know that by now. Obviously being a victim is a horrible ordeal but what would make it even scarier is if you were actually home at the time of the break-in and were completely oblivious to it! Very creepy.
5 He Tried To Use Instagram To Catch His Thief
Police began to think that there was a Bling Ring spinoff group in 2016 after multiple homes belong to celebrities were burglarized including Chris Brown, Blac Chyna, and Scott Disick.
Kevin Hart was one of the celebrities who were targeted by the alleged group and they managed to steal half a million dollars worth of valuables after breaking in while no one was home--somehow managing to get through the comedian's two security gates.
In an attempt to find the burglar, Hart shared a photo of the thief on Instagram with the caption: "One of my followers might recognize you and might not like you, which would mean that they could care less about giving you up." His followers didn't take the post very seriously and it's a good thing too because it turns out that the photo of the "burglar" was actually a stock photo posted by TMZ. Whoops!
4 They Stole His Yeezys
After Nicki Minaj and Alanis Morisette had their homes broken into last year, Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young was the next victim and, like the others, he was not home at the time. $500,000 in valuables were stolen from the basketball player's home--but this wasn't the first time he was robbed.
In 2014, his home was burglarized while he was playing in a game. He later told reporters, “They got me, man. They stole my Yeezys, too, man.” Young wasn't the only sports star who was targeted. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig's home was also burglarized around the same time and $170,000 in jewelry and other items were stolen. Former Lakers guard Derek Fisher was also a victim and had hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of valuables stolen in the same month.
Were all of these stars burglarized by the same intruders or were they all working separately? We still don't know.
3 It Took Her Two Months To Realize She Was Robbed
Paris Hilton's home was the first to be burglarized by the infamous Bling Ring. Why did they target her first? Because they figured she was the kind of person who would be dumb enough to hide her key under her mat. They were right.
The group raided the home and stole over two million dollars worth of jewelry and designer clothing. If you ever wondered just how rich Paris actually is, you might have an idea after you learn that she did not even realize that she had been robbed until two months later! Now that's rich!
Still, Paris was a good sport about it and even appeared in The Bling Ring and allowed Coppola to film inside her home. After the heiress' Malibu home was burglarized for the 7th time in 2013, she confessed, "I have bad luck when it comes to thieves." Maybe she still leaves her key under the mat?
2 The Laziest Burglars Ever
In October of 2017, Mariah Carey's Beverly Hills home became another one of the dozen celebrity homes that were broken into last year. Is everyone hiding their key under their mat like Paris Hilton?
While the singer was away in New York, burglars slipped into her home, using a ladder to climb in through her window (and, yes, they actually left the ladder behind). The robbers stole $50k worth of items but they didn't take any of her expensive jewelry (which you know she has a ton of).
It turns out they actually stole $50k worth of purses and sunglasses which TMZ speculated to be about ten items in total, due to Mariah's expensive taste. Though the burglars tripped a silent alarm, her security did not even realize there was a break-in until about three hours later. Sounds like Mariah needs a new security team.
1 Not Exactly A Burglary
Like her sister, Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner also had jewelry stolen but her story goes a little differently. Kendall was having a party on a Wednesday in March of 2017 with her friends and she heard an alarm go off, warning that someone opened a door. She thought nothing of it at the time. Kendall left just after midnight (leaving her friends in the house) and came back an hour later.
When she returned, she found her jewelry box was open and $200,000 in jewelry was missing. Kendall was definitely not burglarized. If the person who steals jewelry was invited into the house, it's theft, not burglary. Though Kendall claims that it was a burglar who stole her jewelry, it's much more likely that it was one of her friends who she invited into her home. When you're a millionaire and you have expensive jewelry lying around the house, maybe don't leave people alone with it.
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