Los Angeles, December 20: Socialite Paris Hilton’s Los Angeles home has been burgled and the thief has looted an estimated $2 million worth of jewelry.
The LAPD (LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT) is hunting for the thief, who ransacked the Mulholland Estates mansion of the socialite, in the city's highest-dollar home break-ins this year.
The burglary occurred some time between late Thursday evening and wee hours of Friday. A security guard called police shortly after 5 a.m. on Friday and reported the incident.
A man wearing a hooded sweat shirt and gloves entered the home and "ransacked her bedroom," said Los Angeles Police Officer, April Harding. He fled away with jewelry worth around $2 million from the home in the 3300 block of Clarendon Road.
Hilton, 27, was out that eve and had been spotted at several LA nightspots the previous night.
The police have launched an investigation. According to law enforcement sources, the investigation so far indicates that the individual was not a professional burglar.
Despite that Hilton's house in the hills of Sherman Oaks is well- equipped with a security system, the burglar is suspected to have broken in through the home's front door. The security could have been compromised somehow, but no details are available as of now, and there is also a possibility that the burglar entered the house by other means.
The gated community, where Hilton lives has a security force of its own, which is now working with the police to help them track the thief. "I expect we'll be able to apprehend the culprit here based on some of the information we have," said Deputy Chief Charlie Beck, head of the department's detective bureau.
Robbery in Hilton’s house is also irksome for the neighbors, since the area has been swamped by LAPD commercial crimes detectives and people are being questioned. Officers suspect that the thief may be familiar with the mansion and neighborhood.
She had bought the 7,500-square-foot Mulholland Estates property last year for more than $5 million.
The rich hotel heiress has suffered it before. Only about four years ago, jewelry worth thousands of dollars, money and other valuables were taken from a home she shared with her sister, Nicky Hilton.