So you’ve got oh, about $1 million worth of jewelry, $50,000 in furs and thousands in techno-trinkets and gifts just hanging out in your SUV while you do some last minute Christmas shopping. No big thing – especially if you’re a superstar with folks tracking your every move.
So imagine Usher’s surprise when he returned from the AT & T store in Atlanta to find his SUV broken into and the luxury loot stolen!
According to an Atlanta Police Department report, the 31-year-old singer and a friend were returning from the city’s airport Dec. 14 when they stopped at an AT&T store in Lenox Square Mall.
A witness told cops they saw a vehicle pull up next to the “My Way” singer’s black GMC Yukon before one man got out, popped open the door, seized the valuables and sped off in a burgundy Chevy Impala (classy).
More valuable than the family jewels, unrealeased tracks from Usher’s new album, Raymond vs. Raymond were also part of the stolen stash but the album is stil set for a February 16th release date (despite online leaks akimbo).
All in a day’s work…
Are you protected in the event someone decides to nab the contents of your jewelry box? Get familiar with jewelry insurance, jewelry certificates and jewelry appraisals with this informative article from the Jewelry.com education section. And best to take your $1 million shopping spree home before you make a stop at the mall.
Snatching celebrity jewelry seems to be the thing to do these days with stars like Queen Latifah, Hayden Pannitierre, and Kim Kardashian all losing their diamonds and gems to folks who manage to break-in to what must be their D-list security systems.
But now, at least one cat burglar is off the prowl.
Prosecutors have charged teen hipster Nick Prugo with the caught-on-tape burglaries of actress Lindsay Lohan and “The Hills” star Audrina Patridge, according to the New York Daily News. The 18-year-old faces two counts of felony residential burglary and will appear in court Nov. 11.
Prosecutors say Prugo broke into Patridge’s home Feb. 23 and stole more than $43,000 in jewelry and designer clothes. He then swiped $128,000 worth of jewelry and designer clothes from Lohan’s Hollywood Hills bungalow on Aug. 23, they say.
Lohan, a recent suspect of jewelry theft herself, hinted she knew her assailant in a Twitter message sent shortly after the break-in.
“That’s how I know it was not a robbery. Electronics weren’t taken…just things that a certain old friend knew meant a lot to me,” she tweeted.
Surveillance video was used in both cases to identify the accused felon. Prugo was arrested Sept. 17 and released on $100,000 bail. If convicted, he faces up to six years in state prison.
What would you do if someone broke in and ramsacked your jewelry box? Check out all you need to know about protecting your family jewels right here on Jewelry.com.
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Pirates of a different sort robbed superhunk, Orlando Bloom’s, treasure chest of nearly $500,000 in jewelry and loot this week.
Officers were called to the Pirates of the Caribbean star’s home in Los Angeles on Wednesday evening, after one of the actor’s relatives found the home had been broken into, police spokeswoman Tenesha Dobine said.
Cash and jewelry were taken, but Dobine declined to provide a value for the items. Celebrity website TMZ.com reported that $500,000 worth of goods was stolen. Two pricey watches are rumored to be among the missing loot.
While nothing can replace the emotional value of your jewelry, there are steps you can take to protect your financial investment from the sticky finger brigade that seems to be having a field day in Hollywood lately (see Paris Hilton and Queen Latifah for more)
Check out this earlier entry about jewelry certificates, appraisals and insurance, and sleep a little better at night knowing your jewelry stash is safe from the urban pirates.