Friday, July 20, 2007

Burglars Target the Rich and Famous in LA

It sounds like an inside job. Don't they have burglar alarms?

Professional burglars have raided the homes of some of Los Angeles' most famous residents in the past year, making off with more than seven million dollars in swag, it was reported Friday.

Police and city authorities said the same gang of thieves was believed to be responsible for as many as 50 robberies carried out in upmarket neighborhoods such as Bel Air and Beverly Hills.

The Los Angeles Times reported that celebrities whose homes have been raided included country music stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill as well as former Paramount Pictures chief Sherry Lansing and her Oscar-winning director husband Billy Friedkin.

Other victims included Duran Duran guitarist John Taylor and Los Angeles Clippers basketball player Cuttino Mobley, who had around 500,000 dollars in cash and jewelry stolen from his Bel Air mansion.

Police said the crooks worked in a two-to-three man crews and had chosen their targets carefully, invariably striking when the residents were out of town and favoring walled properties that could not be seen from the road.

I think this would make an interesting movie.