Whether its for their fame or their fortune, celebrities appear to be attractive targets for thieves.
The man who broke into rocker Jon Bon Jovi's Jersey shore estate and allegedly made off with about $100,000 in stolen jewelry, recently pleaded guilty to a string of burglaries, including at the rocker's home, and faces five years in prison.
Nicholas Tracy of Beachwood, N.J., pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of theft and burglary from a two-month robbery spree in 2011 that netted him more than $300,000 worth of possessions from homes along the Middletown Township road where Bon Jovi lives, according to The Associated Press.
Bon Jovi, who was robbed in April last year, seems to be part of a growing group of celebrity victims of theft. Click through to see other famous people who have been robbed.
|LL Cool J|
Last month, rapper-actor LL Cool J heard noises while sleeping upstairs in his Sherman Oaks, Calif., home and went down to see what was happening. The 44-year-old famously fit star, who plays a special agent on "NCIS Los Angeles," saw the intruder and quickly took him down, according to Los Angeles ABC affiliate KABC. The alleged intruder, a 56-year-old transient named Jonathan A. Kirby, was hospitalized with a broken nose, jaw and ribs. LL Cool J, whose real name is James Todd Smith, held him down until authorities arrived. Kirby was later charged as a "third striker" by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and faces up to 38 years to life in prison if convicted.
In June, Guns N' Roses front man Axl Rose was robbed of three gold-and-diamond necklaces worth about $200,000 after the band's concert in Paris. A Paris police spokesman told The Associated Press that the lead singer was fuming after the theft, which occurred during a private gathering following the band's performance. Police later recovered one of the necklaces after a young woman returned it to a central Paris police station and was arrested, according to French news agency AFP.
Kim Kardashian could probably commiserate with Rose. In May, on her way home from the Cannes Film Festival in France, the reality star found a few of her things missing when she landed in Los Angeles. Kardashian accused British Airways on Twitter of "opening my luggage & taking some special items of mine!" "Some things are sentimental & not replaceable," she tweeted after the theft. "What happened to the days when you could lock your bags! We need to get back to that. There's no sense of security & no trust!"
Kim isn't the only Kardashian to possibly feel that way. Her older sister, Kourtney Kardashian had her home burglarized in October 2009. Thieves made off with about $80,000 worth of goods, including a Cartier watch and various diamond pieces, according to People magazine.
|Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin|
Husband-and-wife actors Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna are proud owners of Belle Gray, a posh clothing boutique in Sherman Oaks, Calif. In October 2010, robbers forced their way into the store and left with $10,000 worth of designer clothes. Unfortunately, Rinna and Hamlin learned about the theft while in the middle of a "Today" show interview about their reality show "Harry Loves Lisa," when Hamilin got a call from their security company. Hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotbe gasped while Hamilin detailed the damages.
Former "The O.C." star Rachel Bilson had her home burglarized a record six times between April and May of 2009, as thieves made off with nearly $130,000 in clothes, jewelry, makeup and handbags. Bilson's break-ins, though by far the worse, were not the only ones in Hollywood that year. A group of fame-obsessed teenagers, known as the Bling Ring, also broke into the homes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Audrina Patridge, Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox, as well as Orlando Bloom, collectively stealing more than $3 million in high-end designer goods between October 2008 and August 2009. The young woman considered the ring leader, Rachel Lee, is currently serving four years in state prison. Meanwhile, Sofia Coppolla is making a film about the Bling Ring, starring Emma Watson and Kirsten Dunst, that is due out next year.
Ironically, Dunst, herself, has been a victim of robbery. In August 2007, her suite at the Soho Grand Hotel in New York City was robbed while she was occupied on the set of "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People." A thief swiped her $13,000 Balenciaga bag, which contained her wallet, credit cards, vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses and $2,000 in cash. Dunst testified twice in court against James Jimenez, who was convicted of burglary in the purse nabbing and sentenced to four years in prison.