The amount of crime and violence around the world is staggering since it seems like another news story regarding theft pops up with each new day. In the celebrity world, it should be assumed that they would be less prone to being robbed since they have the means to hire the best security team available and the most high tech security systems for their homes. However, celebrities are often the biggest target for being robbed since they have such an abundance of valuables and are sometimes known for having large sums of cash. It seems difficult for some celebrities to try and tone down their finances in the public light since so many are prone to being flashy as often as possible. From sporting designer brands to carrying around large wads of cash, this can be all too tempting for those looking to make a quick buck.
Over the years, there are a number of celebrities that have fallen victim to being robbed. From home invasions to being held at gunpoint, there are a surprising amount of celebrities that have been violated by theft. Yet, there are some instances that were worse than others. While having a home ransacked is bad enough, this is probably preferred over being carjacked with your young child in the car. There are definite degrees of violation when it comes to robberies and celebrities seem to have seen them all. Check out our list of the 15 most shocking celebrity robberies and see how even celebrities have fallen victim to some of the most violating thefts over the years.
15 Floyd Mayweather - Burglars Ran Off With $7 Million In Jewels
Floyd Mayweather is a highly respected boxer that has proven himself as one of the greatest fighters of all time. The story of Floyd Mayweather’s youth has been told time and time again, with many people understanding that he was destined for greatness at an early age. While it’s agreed that he is super talented and has a long history of training that allow him to be one of the most talented boxers in his field, he’s also known for being overly flashy in showing off the extent of his finances. In August 2008, Mayweather’s Las Vegas home was robbed of $7 million in jewels. A security camera caught the footage of four burglars smashing into the home and it’s amazing that the robbers didn’t leave with more. Mayweather had been featured on HBO numerous times and showed that he keeps $1 million in his bedroom and has tens of thousands in cash on him at all times.
14 LL Cool J - Pummeled Burglar
There is no telling what the criterion is on the type of home that is deemed worthy of being burglarized. While there are some burglars that scope out their intended victims and research in-depth in regards to who they will burglarize, there are others that simply pick out the biggest mansion and hope for the best. In the case of LL Cool J’s Los Angeles home, this particular burglar should have done a bit more research. In August 2012, LL Cool J was awakened in the middle of the night by a burglar trying to rob his home. Not only was he able to keep the burglar in the home until the police arrived but he reportedly gave the burglar a severe pummeling in the process. This shouldn’t be surprising from a rapper that once sang, “Mama Said Knock You Out.”
13 Kim Kardashian - $5 Million Worth Of Jewelry
Kim Kardashian has made quite a career for herself through self-promotion on social media. From endorsement deals to product promotion to information on her next public appearance, Kim has made more money through her social media sites than some celebrities have made throughout their careers. However, letting the world know about your every move can bring up safety concerns for a celebrity, which Kim Kardashian learned firsthand when she was robbed in October 2016. Shortly after posting a social media picture of her latest diamond ring, the French hotel she was staying in was broken into by men disguising themselves as police officers. She was robbed of around $5 million in jewelry. Yet, it was the harrowing ordeal of being held up at gunpoint and tied up during the ordeal that left Kardashian truly traumatized.
12 Nicki Minaj - Home Was Robbed
Nicki Minaj is unique in the world of rap and not just because she’s a woman. Unlike other rappers, Minaj has been able to touch a wide array of different fans across all cultures and ages. While she’s always been a bit flashy in her style, she is known more for her outlandish ensembles rather than her over-the-top bling. Yet, that didn’t hinder robbers from thinking of her Los Angeles home as a prime target for a robbery. The week of January 30, 2017, the LA home of Nicki Minaj was robbed of $200,000 in jewels. However, the details surrounding the robbery made many think it was more than just criminals trying to get a big score. There was vandalism found throughout the home that made it seem like it might be someone with personal relations with Minaj. A lot of her clothes were vandalized, picture frames were broken and there were even perfume bottles that were purposefully shattered.
11 Chris Brown - Home Robbed Several Times
Chris Brown is no stranger to controversy since his career has been filled with a myriad of different altercations regarding the police. From the incident involving the abuse charges regarding Rihanna to the most recent restraining order filed by his ex-girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, Brown hasn’t exactly been a model citizen over the years. However, these incidents don’t exactly make him deserving of multiple home invasions. In 2015, Brown’s San Fernando Valley home was robbed by three burglars. At the time, Brown wasn’t at home but his aunt was held at gunpoint and locked in a closet. The burglars ransacked the home and left the house with a plethora of valuables and cash. Many have suspected that the burglars may have been associates of Brown or his entourage since they revealed a few details to the aunt during the robbery.
10 Jon Bon Jovi - Frontman's Home Robbed
While Jon Bon Jovi is thought of as an icon in the music industry, he isn’t known as one of the flashiest rockstars of the world. Instead, he’s actually had a low-key profile and devotes much of his time doing philanthropic work. Yet, this didn’t stop a burglar from targeting his home, amongst many others in the neighborhood. In 2011, 22-year-old, Nicholas Tracy, reportedly robbed Jon Bon Jovi’s home of around $100,000 worth of jewelry. Tracy was ultimately caught when police responded to a burglary in process and caught Tracy in the act. His arrest led to a furthered investigation, which resulted in some of the stolen property to be recovered. Tracy ultimately pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree theft and one count of third-degree burglary which resulted in him being sentenced to five years in prison.
9 Paris Hilton - The Bling Ring Strikes
Paris Hilton was once thought of as simply a hotel heiress and socialite but has since created a name and fortune all her own. While there was quite some time that Hilton spent partying and becoming a staple in Hollywood, she quickly built her own brand through television appearances and product promotion. During the time when she was trying to make a name for herself, she undoubtedly had a myriad of different people in and out of her life. Taking advantage of her partying ways, the “Bling Ring” saw her as the perfect target. Hilton was reportedly robbed five times by this ring of bandits and the result was a whopping $2 million in theft of personal property. From designer brands to jewels to other valuables, Hilton became a favorite for robbers looking for an easy home to rob.
8 Tupac - Jewelry
During the rap era of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, there was a lot going on behind the scenes. The art of rap music was far less commercialized and the struggle to make a name for oneself involved more than just getting a demo into the right hands. Over the years, more has become public regarding the personal life and struggles of Tupac Shakur, especially since various films and TV depictions have shown aspects of his life during that time. One huge turning point in Tupac’s career was in 1994 when the rapper survived being shot five times during a robbery. As Tupac was entering a Manhattan building that housed a recording studio, three armed gunmen approached him and his entourage at the elevator. Reportedly, Tupac refused to comply and wound up getting shot. The amount of the theft resulted in $40,000 worth of stolen jewelry and an emergency trip to the hospital for Tupac Shakur.
7 Miley Cyrus - Three Is Not A Charm
While Miley Cyrus first started her career as an actress and singer on the Disney Channel, she quickly transformed her public persona when she decided to undergo a drastic evolution. Gone were the Hannah Montana days and she replaced them with a partying personality filled with outlandish behavior. During the time of her Los Angeles home being turned into party central, Cyrus undoubtedly brought some negative attention her way. In the span of under two years, Cyrus was robbed three separate times. The first incident involved a huge theft of jewelry, the second incident resulted in her getting her Maserati stolen and the third incident resulted in a myriad of personal items being taken from her home. Since many of the items in her home weren’t just her property but belonged to her brother, this was a double whammy for her home being burglarized.
6 2 Chainz - Robbed At Gunpoint
When it comes to celebrity robberies, it’s not often that the entire ordeal will be caught on camera. Since many celebrity robberies are done in the dead of night or captured by home surveillance cameras with videos not released to the public, it’s very rare for the public to actually see the real footage of a celebrity robbery. Yet, in the case of the rapper, 2 Chainz, the entire ordeal was caught on film. A building surveillance camera caught 2 Chainz and his entourage being robbed at gunpoint just hours before he was slated to perform in San Francisco. At first, he denied the claims that he was robbed but then the video was released and his personal bodyguard spoke out about their harrowing ordeal.
5 Michael Buble - Home Invasion
Michael Buble is one of the most celebrated music artists in the world and his signature crooning sound is a favorite during the holidays. While Buble headlines are generally dedicated to his stellar record sales and sold out concerts, there was an incident in 2011 that was extremely disheartening. While Buble and his now-wife, Luisana Lopilato, were preparing for their lavish wedding in Argentina, their Buenos Aires home was being ransacked. The robbers managed to disarm the home’s security system and even had the forethought to cover the lenses of the home’s surveillance cameras. This is definitely not something a couple wants to return to after the happiest days of their lives but they can at least take comfort in the fact that no one was home at the time and no one was hurt in the ordeal.
4 Rod Stewart - British Icon Was Carjacked
Rod Stewart is known as royalty in the world of music since his first solo album was released in 1969. He became hugely successful in the 1980s, which is when he produced the majority of his most recognized songs. In April 1982, Stewart was with his 3-year-old daughter when they were approached by a man with a gun demanding the keys to his car. Ironically, the car was a 1977 Turbo Carrera and wasn’t particularly flashy. Although Stewart immediately complied with the carjacker, he ultimately had to get in the car when the thief couldn’t get the car started. The incident was extremely traumatizing for Stewart and it ultimately led to him moving back to Britain due to the crime he experienced firsthand in the United States.
3 Khloe Kardashian - $250K Stolen From Home
The personal life of Khloe Kardashian has been filled with a variety of difficulties, especially regarding her relationship with Lamar Odom. After the couple’s whirlwind romance, the two quickly tied the knot and purchased a home that was heavily featured on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Yet, they became separated after a variety of salacious reports and the home was ultimately put up for sale and left empty while awaiting the new occupant (Kaley Cuoco). The moment when Khloe realized that she had been robbed was caught on film for their reality show since it became evident that someone had tampered with her safe. Ironically, the only items stolen belonged to Lamar and it led many to believe that it was an inside job. Reportedly, $250,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from the home.
2 Kourtney Kardashian - Robbed Twice
While Kim and Khloe Kardashian are often in the headlines for their outlandish ensembles and over-the-top public personas, Kourtney Kardashian is often much more lowkey. While she’s definitely had some issues regarding the father of her children, Scott Disick, she is mostly known for being a homebody and spending quality time with her kids. However, that hasn’t stopped robbers from targeting her since she seems to always carry a good amount of cash with her. During one home robbery incident in her residence in Calabasas, Kourtney reportedly had $50,000 in cash stolen from her. In 2014, she was hit again when she reported a briefcase containing $4,000 was stolen from a rented home she was sharing with Disick in the Hamptons. Since there was no indication of a forced entry, this seemed like yet another inside job.
1 Megan Fox And Brian Austin Green - The Bling Ring Strikes Again
Paris Hilton wasn’t the only victim of the “Bling Ring” since the gang of robbers hit up a number of celebrity homes. One of them was a home owned by Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green. During the time of the robbery, Green was actually shooting a film on location in New York and didn’t become aware of the theft until much later. There were a number of items stolen from the home, from personal items to valuables. A large amount of clothing belonging to Fox was stolen and there was even a gun taken from the home. The gun belonged to Brian Austin Green and it’s unknown as to how the thieves were able to get to the gun in its locked-up state. While some of the stolen items were returned to the couple, it is difficult to say how long it will take them to ever feel safe again after being violated in such a way.
Sources: The Source, People, New York Daily News