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Burglars in the Bathtub: 5 High Profile Celebrity Break-Ins

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by Elli on November 29, 2012

According to A Secure Life, one out of every six homes will be burglarized this year. Burglary is hardly a notable event unless the criminal targets a celebrity’s home; then the crime makes the nightly news. From TV personalities to models and mega music stars, we’ll give you the scoop on five infamous break-ins at the homes of the rich and famous.

Alex Trebek A stay at the San Francisco hotel, Marriott Marquis, turned into more excitement that the “Jeopardy” star had bargained for. According to the “San Francisco Chronicle,” Alex Trebek woke up and found a woman rummaging through his and his wife’s belongings. Quick to react, Trebek chased the suspect until she was apprehended by hotel security. The woman was later identified as Lucinda Moyers. She claimed that at 3:00 a.m. on the night of the incident, she was on the 26th floor of the hotel and said she was waiting by the elevator when approached by Trebek. According to her police record, the 56-year-old woman is a hotel burglary veteran. She will be prosecuted under the “three strikes and you’re out” law and will face a life sentence, if found guilty.

Nancy Pelosi Pelosi wasn’t home at the time of the burglary, but there’s no doubt that the break-in rattled the otherwise calm and collected House Minority Leader. According to KABC TV reports the suspect, 21-year-old Kevin Michael Hagan, had an affinity for burglary. He has allegedly burglarized five other Napa County residences in addition to Pelosi’s. Authorities found Hagan in possession of a watch that was missing from Pelosi’s home. The authorities don’t believe the burglary was politically motivated.

Celine Dion Authorities were dispatched to Celine Dion’s grand home, Chateau Dion, after her alarm was triggered. Authorities discovered that suspect Daniel Bedard helped himself to a bite to eat and was drawing a soothing bath. According to the “Los Angeles Times,” Dion and her family were not at home when the burglary occurred. Allegedly, after the 36-year-old suspect jumped a fence, he used a garage door opener he discovered in an unlocked car to get into Dion’s home. When approached by police, Bedard was confident and cool, and even asked police why they were there. Bedard was charged with breaking and entering, auto theft and causing property damage.

Steve Jobs CNN reports that Kariem McFarlin allegedly burglarized the home of the late Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. The house was undergoing renovations and no one was at home at the time of the incident. Tiffany jewelry, personal items, and over $60,000 worth of computers were stolen from Jobs’ home on July 17. Authorities traced McFarlin through the stolen computer equipment. McFarlin could face maximum prison sentence of seven years and eight months. Authorities don’t have reason to believe that the home was targeted because of its famous former resident.

Kate Moss Supermodel Kate Moss was asleep during the burglary of her Maida Vale, West London home. “Business Insider” reports that the burglar took three pieces of expensive artwork, including a Banksy portrait worth well over $100,000. Authorities stated that a 24-year-old man was arrested in connection with the burglary and it’s possible that the suspect had inside knowledge of the home. Burglaries of celebrity homes aren’t very common, but when they do occur it reminds us all that burglars have little regard for celebrity status.

Have you heard of any other celebrities who were robbed?