Rise in celebrity burglaries leads to new LAPD ‘Knock-Knock’ task force
While discussing the recent string of robberies, Lt. Todd Handle of the San Fernando Valley Police task force dedicated to the “Knock-Knock” burglaries explained to The Hollywood Reporter, “It’s usually a lone individual trying to service their addiction. This is different. This is organized crime.”
Hankel says that this is not a sequel to the “Bling Ring” of teenagers who struck A-listers’ homes in 2008 and 2009. Many non-famous residents have also been robbed — it was only after the task force was set up that the celebrities were targeted.
“If you are Instagramming that you are out of the country enjoying the weather in another part of the world, that can help [them],” he notes.
Entertainment Tonight confirmed the robbery, as a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson told the show, “We received a radio call around 1:15 a.m. in the morning (March 16), in the 1600 block of Marmont Avenue. The person reported possibly a burglary suspect in the home, officers responded.”
“The person reported that she’s missing some personal belongings,” the spokesperson added. “At this time there is no suspect description; right now detectives are doing their due diligence to see if there is video footage [from] security cameras, but there is no suspect in custody.”
It was reported that the jewelry stolen is worth up to US$200,000.
Morrisette’s home in the Brentwood area was robbed on Feb. 9 and police confirmed that “suspects made off with a safe containing approximately US$2 million worth of jewelry and other items or property.”
Minaj had US$175,000 worth of property stolen from her Beverly Hills home. Her mansion had been completely torn apart, and the LAPD said that it was broken into sometime between November 24 and January 24. The police report was filed on January 27. There were signs of forced entry into the home and it didn’t appear to be random.
Young’s Los Angeles-area home was broken into back in February — during the heist, thieves made off with more than US$500,000 in cash and jewelry.
Thieves reportedly broke into his home and took US$30,000 in cash, three gold chains, and a custom ring during the robbery. They also took a locked safe.
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig‘s Los Angeles home was reportedly robbed of more than US$500,000 in jewelry while he was in Arizona for spring training.
He reportedly had a relative staying at his house while he was out of town, but the thieves made their move while the relative wasn’t there.
They forced their way into the home and took off with a haul of expensive jewelry, including three Rolex watches.
Former Laker Derek Fisher told police someone broke into his Los Angeles home and stole more than US$300,000 worth of valuable jewelry, including his five NBA Championship rings, at the end of January.
At the beginning of January, “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Milan’s home in Studio City, Calif., was broken into. The thieves reportedly entered through an unlocked bathroom window and left with several hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bling.
Milan had been in Asia on business for several weeks, but his security cameras were working. Police say surveillance footage captured the heist and will be critical to identifying any culprits.
On Oct. 3, robbers forced their way into the private Paris residence where Kim Kardashian was staying, tied her up, locked her in a bathroom, and held her at gunpoint before making off with her jewelry. The reality TV star was in Paris attending Fashion Week shows.
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Police said the thieves stole a jewelry box containing valuables worth about $6.7 million as well as a ring worth $4.5 million.
Investigators started to focus on the case as a possible inside job after taking her chauffeur and his brother into custody.
Three Paris officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation, confirmed the arrest of the driver and his younger brother among 17 other people taken into custody. Michael Madar, 40, and Gary Madar, 27, worked for the same livery company, according to two of the officials.
The mother of two is said to be pointing the finger at herself, stating the reason she was robbed is because she flaunted her jewels — especially the ring — on social media. The 20-carat diamond came from husband Kanye West, who surprised her with the ring after signing a deal with Adidas.
— With files from Chris Jancelewicz and ET CanadaFollow @KatieScottNews
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