15 Stars Who Fell Victim to a Grand Theft
03rd December, 2021
The rich and famous have always been prime targets of robbers and burglars. You’ll be shocked to find out how much wealth celebs have lost to thievery. A heist sounds cool—thanks to certain TV shows and movies—as long as you’re not the victim! It’s a common notion that celebrities have 24/7 top-class security, and nothing could happen to them. But they cannot be more wrong. Over the years, several well-known personalities have been robbed of loads of cash, jewelry, and valuable items. Wondering who has lost the most amount of money? We’ve compiled a list of the costliest celebrity robberies in history.
Miley Cyrus will probably never forget her 21st birthday. Not because she released a new album on the day, but because her Los Angeles home was robbed of more than $100,000 worth of jewelry and fashion accessories on her birthday weekend. As if that wasn’t awful enough, her house was burglarized two more times soon after the incident. We hope she has upgraded her home security system since then.
If you’re getting your home renovated, you might want to move all your valuables to a secure place. Otherwise, you could end up losing them, just like Julianne Moore did. According to the actress, around 20 construction workers who had access to her under-renovation home in 2013 stole approximately $127,000 worth of precious items. These included a $33,000 Cartier platinum diamond tennis bracelet and four Cartier watches worth a total of $77,800.
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has been a victim of one of the costliest robberies ever! In 2016, a gang of armed men disguised as police officers broke into her luxury hotel residence in Paris. They held her at gunpoint and tied her up in the bathroom before running away with a box of jewelry worth $5.6 million, a $4 million engagement ring from Kanye West, and some cash. That’s approximately $10 million worth of assets!
In 2007, Kirsten Dunst’s penthouse suite at a Manhattan hotel was raided while she was filming for How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. Burglars left with an estimated $15,000 worth of personal items, including a $13,000 handbag, $2,500 in cash, electronic devices, and even her credit cards and ID cards. Luckily for her, the culprits were identified with the help of surveillance cameras, and all her possessions were returned.
A few thieves forced their way into Nicki Minaj’s Los Angeles mansion in 2017. The gang not only stole $200,000 worth of jewelry and other valuable items but also vandalized her luxurious home. They destroyed Minaj’s picture frames, cut up her clothing, and upended her furniture. Reports say that the Trinidadian-born rapper made a significant security upgrade in her home right after the incident. Good call!
Lizzie McGuire star Hilary Duff’s home was burgled a few years ago while she was vacationing in Canada. The thieves managed to break into her house without setting off an advanced alarm system and walked off with jewelry estimated at around $100,000. It’s a good thing that Hilary Duff realized she was robbed because guess what? Someone on this list had no clue that their personal items had been stolen a few too many times.
Imagine stealing anything from the master archer Legolas. Terrifying, isn’t it? Perhaps not for the fearless Bling Ring gang! The group once entered the actor’s Los Angeles home through a window and escaped with items valued at approximately $500,000. Among the stolen goods were jewelry, a few Rolex watches, a Louis Vuitton laptop bag, a dress that belonged to his then-spouse Miranda Kerr, and quite strangely, a pair of Bloom’s underwear.
Now, this is odd! Steve Jobs’s house, which was under renovation, was broken into after his death. Quite expectedly, the criminal purloined a bunch of Apple hardware—three iPods, three iPads, a Macbook, and an Apple TV—some jewelry, and Job’s old driver license. The thief wasn’t tech-savvy, as he was caught after he tried to link stolen devices to his personal iTunes account.
Tyler Perry, an accomplished filmmaker, screenwriter, and actor, is insanely rich. So, it’s not surprising that he has been targeted by thieves more than once to date. In 2010, a thief stole his credit cards and racked up about $30,000 in charges. In the same year, a teenager broke into his home; fortunately, she was caught. Well, Perry isn’t the only victim of multiple robberies. This list includes another celebrity who has been robbed six times.
The Bling Ring had their eyes on Audrina Patridge ever since she started raking in big bucks from the reality TV show The Hills. The gang members chose quite the day to break into her house—the night of the Academy Awards. While Patridge was busy with the event, the thieves smuggled two bags full of ancestral jewelry, designer jeans, a laptop, and her passport. She was robbed of approximately $43,000 worth of valuables in just a night!
Paris Hilton has been robbed numerous times. As per reports, she has so many valuable things in her house that she initially didn’t even realize that she was robbed. The Bling Ring gang members struck Hilton’s home at least twice, absconding with $2 million in cash, jewelry, clothes, and her nude pictures, and $2 million worth of other goods. And it wasn’t even that tough for them to get into her house. The reality TV star kept her keys under the doormat! Talk about security!
Rachel Bilson's Los Angeles home was hit six times between April and May of 2009 while she was away in Canada with her then-fiancé Hayden Christiansen. Of course, it was the Bling Ring gang! The criminals collected everything from clothing and designer shoes and jewelry to electronics, including an engagement ring that belonged to the actress’s mother. Bilson’s loss was estimated to be anywhere between $130,000 and $300,000.
It seems thieves aren’t interested in supermodel Kate Moss’s jewelry collection or clothes. In 2010, her London home was broken into by a bunch of robbers, who managed to run away with three artworks, including a precious Banksy portrait, worth a total of $140,000. What’s even surprising about the theft is that Moss, her boyfriend, and her mother were home and asleep the entire time. Another celebrity slept through the robbery. Read on to find out who!
In 2016, a burglar entered The X Factor creator Simon Cowell’s mansion in Holland Park, England, when he and his family members were fast asleep. The burglar surreptitiously slipped away with more than $1 million in jewelry, watches, and even passports. Cowell was traumatized to discover that the incident took place when he and his family were home. Fortunately, no one was harmed, and the thief was later caught.