Criminals commit 2.2 million burglaries in the United
States every year. That's about one every 14 to 15 seconds.
Most of these crimes get about as much attention as a
Unless the victim is a celebrity.
In fact, rich and famous people attract all types of
bizarre criminals - and they aren't always looking to steal
money or high-priced jewelry. It goes to prove that
anyone can become a victim of home burglary- even
the rich and famous.
LL Cool JConvicted felon Jonathan Kirby broke his
probation - and a few bones - after attempting to rob LL
Cool J's Sherman Oaks, California, home in the summer
of 2012. The world-famous entertainer and his
family were sleeping when Kirby set off their alarm
system at 1 a.m.
LL Cool J, who currently plays Special Agent Sam
Hanna on NCIS: Los Angeles, was able to apply his
cinematic crime fighting experience to a real-life setting.
After catching Kirby in his home, LL gave him
a Hollywood-sized beating before police arrived at the
scene. The 56-year-old perpetrator suffered a broken
nose, jaw and ribs. To add insult to injury, he was also
charged with first-degree burglary - his third strike.
Paris HiltonA gang of teenagers, dubbed the 'Bling Ring,'
became notorious for burglarizing the homes of multiple
celebrities in Hollywood from October 2008 through
August 2009. Blonde-haired, blue-eyed socialite Paris
Hilton was by far their most lucrative victim. The Bling
Ring lifted $2 million worth of jewelry, cash, clothing and
personal property from Hilton's over the
course of several break-ins. She didn't even seem to
notice - or care - that her belongings were disappearing.
The craziest part: The Bling Ring didn't need a
crowbar, lock pick or screwdriver to gain access to Paris'
mansion. They simply walked right in using a spare key
that was left under the doormat. While Conrad
Hilton, the founder of the Hilton Hotels chain, struck it
rich by opening up his hotel doors to the public, it seems
he forgot to tell his daughter that the same rules don't
apply to private residences.
P. DiddyQuamine Taylor didn't do it to steal the money or
the jewels. He simply wanted to get a taste of high society.
At least that's what the 30-year-old told police after he
was arrested for breaking into hip-hop mogul P. Diddy's
Hamptons mansion in March of 2012.
Taylor set off the security alarm after forcing
entry through the basement door late at night, but
somehow managed to trick security guards into thinking
he was a member of P. Diddy's entourage. He
celebrated his eluding capture by helping himself to a
bottle of Diddy's finest liquor and plate of his most
After getting his fill, Taylor tried on some Sean
John gear and eventually fell asleep inside the estate. It
wasn't until about 4 p.m. the next day that police were
called and he wasarrested.
Steve JobsKariem McFarlin is one rotten apple. The 35-
year-old had the gall to steal from the late, great, Apple
CEO Steve Jobs in July 2012. McFarlin, a
former San Jose State football player, took iPads,
iPhones, Mac computers, Tiffany jewelry and a
number of other items from the home, which was under
renovation at the time.
But he should have known better. McFarlin was tracked
down by law enforcement when he attempted to connect
the stolen gadgets to his iTunes account. Yeah,
apparently there’s an app for that.
Sylvester Stallone fan Damon T. Dana wanted so badly to
meet Sylvester Stallone that he took matters into his
own hands. But the 22-year-old from Germany didn’t
write Stallone a letter or join his fan club. Instead, he
snuck onto the Rocky star’s front lawn, allegedly
knocked out a pit bull and attempted to impress Sly with
a series of martial arts moves. Neither Stallone nor his
private security team was particularly taken with
Damon’s display of physical fitness.
Although he was eventually subdued and eventually
hauled off to jail, the undeterred youth wasn’t too
bummed out. Apparently, he feels any attention is good
Check out "Stealing the Spotlight" for a look at
each celebrity break-in, including a breakdown of all the