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Ellen DeGeneres’ £20m California mansion robbery was ‘an inside job,’ cops ‘told neighbours’

ELLEN DeGeneres’ local neighbourhood association has claimed her recent burglary was an “inside job.”

Ellen and wife Portia de Rossi’s £20m 8,100-square-foot Montecito mansion was burgled on July 4, and cops originally believed their property was “targeted due to the victim’s celebrity status.”

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However, the Montecito Association has now hinted that the local sheriff told the executive director that the crime was an “inside job” and that the community did not need to worry about more robberies in the area.

The newsletter, emailed on August 12 and obtained by The Sun, reads: “If it had been a case of outsiders coming in and breaking and entering, I’d have alerted you to be on the lookout and lock up everything.

“According to our very helpful Sheriff Lt Arnoldi, that appears to be an inside job.”

The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office PIO told The Sun there is “no update” to report as they continue to investigate.

Sheriff Lt Arnoldi did not respond to calls for comment.

There is no indication that Ellen or Portia had any involvement in the robbery.

The couple’s neighbours include Oprah Winfrey, while Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently moved into the area.

The break-in took place on July 4 and law enforcement sources reportedly told TMZ that some of the stolen items include high-value jewellery and watches.

There is not yet an estimation of the total value lost during the hit at the home just outside of Santa Barbara, CA.

At the time, officers were concerned it may have been connected to other celebrity home burglaries in the affluent community.

Police sent out a message to public figures warning them to avoid posting on social media if they are out of town and advised to leave lights on when leaving the house.

The newsletter added that the local neighbourhood had “had to deal with people coming into the area, casing our properties, and breaking and entering.

“We’ve gotten far more vigilant about this, and now we question strange vehicles on our streets, camping at our trails, and other incursions that may not be good for the community.”

It has also not yet been confirmed if Ellen, 62, or Portia, 47, were home at the time of break-in.

The incident happened after Ellen came under fire for saying filming while under lockdown inside the pricey pad was “like being in jail.”

She had been filming her talk show from the pad.

A week later bombshell accusations were made against the comedian for her “mean” behaviour and allowing a “toxic” work environment.

Employees also came forward to claim they experienced “racism, fear, and intimidation” while working on the talk show.

The mix of past and present Ellen Show workers also alleged the host’s “be kind” mantra is “bulls**t” and “all for show,” according to Buzzfeed News.

Buzzfeed said some staff claimed to have been fired because they took medical leave or bereavement days to attend family funerals.

In the weeks since, there have also been accusations of Ellen turning a blind eye to sexual harassment.

 

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