Burglars snag $500,000 in valuables from home of Lakers’ Nick Young
Nearly $500,000 in valuables were stolen from the home of Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young last month, the latest in a string of break-ins at celebrity homes around the city, a police official told The Times.
Officer Liliana Preciado, a Los Angeles police spokeswoman, said detectives are investigating a break-in at a home in the 19000 block of Wells Street in Tarzana that occurred on Feb. 18 or 19, but she would not confirm the property belonged to Young. No one was home at the time, according to Preciado, who said thieves stole $500,000 in “jewelry and other items” from the residence.
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But a police official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the case, said the break-in took place at Young’s home. TMZ first reported the break-in at Young’s home, citing police sources.
A string of celebrity burglaries in the Los Angeles area have targeted singer Nicki Minaj, model Kendall Jenner, reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, rapper Kanye West, socialite Paris Hilton, actress Lindsay Lohan, actor Orlando Bloom, comedian Kevin Hart, Dodger Yasiel Puig and many others.(Los Angeles Times / Associated Press / AFP / Getty)
Thieves stole $50,000 worth of handbags and sunglasses in October 2017 from the Los Angeles mansion of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” singer Mariah Carey.(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry was stolen in July 2017 from the North Hills home of “Lizzie McGuire” star Hilary Duff.(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Nearly $80,000 in jewelry and cash was stolen from the Beverly Hills home of “Hotel Transylvania” star David Spade when thieves made off with a safe in June 2017.(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Armed robbers stole $1.5 million in jewelry from the Beverly Grove home of rapper A$AP Rocky in May 2017.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
About $200,000 in valuables was stolen from the Hollywood Hills home of model and television personality Kendall Jenner in March 2017.(Valery Hache / AFP/Getty Images)
Thieves made off with $150,000 in jewels from a safe in the Beverly Glen home of “Shameless” actress Emmy Rossum in March 2017.(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
At least $170,000 worth of jewelry and other items were swiped from the Sherman Oaks home of Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig in late February or early March of 2017.(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
The Brentwood mansion of “Ironic” singer Alanis Morissette was broken into by burglars who stole a safe containing $2 million in jewelry and other valuables in February 2017.(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Burglars stole $500,000 in valuables from the Tarzana home of then-Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young in February 2017 while he was competing in a shooting contest at the NBA’s All-Star weekend in New Orleans.(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
More than $300,000 in jewelry was stolen from the Tarzana home of former Los Angeles Laker Derek Fisher in January 2017.(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Burglars stole $175,000 in jewelry and other valuables from the Westside home of “Anaconda” singer Nicki Minaj in late 2016 or early 2017.(Kathy Willens / AP)
Thieves took $500,000 in valuables from the Tarzana home of “Ride Along” actor and comedian Kevin Hart in June 2016.(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Burglars stole $200,000 in cash and jewelry from the Tarzana home of model Blac Chyna in May 2016.(Paras Griffin / Getty Images for BET)
Armed robbers took $50,000 in cash from a safe in the San Fernando Valley home of “Kiss Kiss” singer Chris Brown in July 2015.(Theo Wargo / Getty Images for TIDAL)
Thieves stole $250,000 in jewelry from the vacant Tarzana home of reality TV star Khloe Kardashian and former Los Angeles Laker Lamar Odom in March 2014 after the estranged couple put the house on the market.(Evan Agostini / AP)
Thieves attempted to break into the Pacific Palisades mansion of Grammy-winning singer Rihanna in September 2013 but were scared away by a burglar alarm.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Burglars broke into the Hollywood Hills home of Kanye West while the “Gold Digger” rapper was touring in June 2012 but fled before stealing anything.(Justin Lane / EPA)
Thieves broke into the Calabasas townhouse of reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian in Oct. 2009 and stole $80,000 in jewelry.(Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images)
A safe was stolen from the Hollywood Hills home of Duran Duran guitarist John Taylor in April 2007.(Chris Pizzello / Associated Press)
The Westside mansion of country music stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill was hit by burglars in Feb. 2007 while the couple was in Tennessee.(Beatrice de Gea / Los Angeles Times)
The Bling Ring used gossip magazines and social media accounts of the stars to steal more than $3 million in 2008 and 2009 from socialite Paris Hilton, “Pirates of the Caribbean” star Orlando Bloom, “Mean Girls” actress Lindsay Lohan and other celebrities.(Los Angeles Times / Getty)
The break-in happened the same weekend the NBA was hosting its All-Star Game festivities in New Orleans. Young was on hand to compete in the three-point shooting contest but got knocked out in the first round.
Young and then-girlfriend Iggy Azalea purchased a $3.4-million Tarzana property from actress Selena Gomez in November 2014.
This is not the first time that Young, a former USC standout who goes by the nickname “Swaggy P,” has been struck by thieves in Los Angeles. When he lived in Sherman Oaks, burglars smashed a window and swiped more than $100,000 in jewelry, clothes, luggage and high-priced Nike sneakers.
The break-in was the latest in a string of heists at the homes of Los Angeles celebrities. The Sherman Oaks home of Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was also burglarized last month, according to the LAPD, and thieves made off with $170,000 in jewelry and other items.
A safe containing $2 million worth of jewelry was taken from the Brentwood home of singer Alanis Morissette in February, and break-ins also cost former Lakers guard Derek Fisher and hip-hop star Nicki Minaj hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewelry late last year.
Preciado would not say whether the crimes were connected.
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