A California mansion owned by daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and actress Portia de Rossi was burglarized earlier this month. The home, which is located north of Los Angeles and Montecito, appears to have been targeted because of the couple's "celebrity status," the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office said in a press release. The burglary took place on the Fourth of July, and the stolen items included "high value jewelry and watches." An investigation by the sheriff's office remains ongoing.
"Sheriff’s detectives and forensics technicians have been conducting an extensive and on-going investigation," officials said. "The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is in contact with other law enforcement agencies to determine if this is related to additional recent celebrity home burglaries."
The sheriff's office also offered several tips for how you can protect your own home and belongings if you are away this summer:
Avoid posting about your travels on social media until you return home.
Think about investing in programmable lighting, which can be scheduled to turn on and off periodically.
Let a neighbor know you'll be away, and make arrangements for your mail so it doesn't pile up.
It's been a tough month for Degeneres and de Rossi, who recently revealed the death of their beloved dog of more than a decade, Wolf. "He brought us so much love and joy," Degeneres wrote in a post announcing his passing. "I hope we did the same for him."
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