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Ellen DeGeneres mansion burglary was 'inside job' cops allegedly tell neighbors

Police have allegedly told residents in Ellen DeGeneres’ Montecito neighborhood that the recent burglary at the TV host’s property was an ‘inside job’.

On July 4 Ellen and wife Portia de Rossi’s $27 million mansion was burglarized, with authorities saying at the time that the couple’s home was targeted due to their ‘celebrity status’.

And now a newsletter from the Montecito Association, which attempted to put local residents’ minds at rest, has reported that the local sheriff told their executive director that the crime was an ‘inside job’.

Shock: Local residents in the neighborhood where Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi live and were burglarized last month, have allegedly been told by cops that the burglary was an 'inside job'

Shock: Local residents in the neighborhood where Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi live and were burglarized last month, have allegedly been told by cops that the burglary was an ‘inside job’

The association reassured the residents that the community did not need to worry about more robberies taking place.

The ultra exclusive enclave is home to a host of billionaires and celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Ariana Grande and in recent weeks Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

A copy of the newsletter, emailed on August 12, was obtained by The Sun newspaper this week and reportedly 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.’

When asked for an update on the case, the sheriff’s public information office told The Sun they are continuing to investigate.

The burglary took place on the 4th of July, with TMZ reporting that the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office stating they believe they were, 'targeted due to the victim’s celebrity status.'

The burglary took place on the 4th of July, with TMZ reporting that the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office stating they believe they were, ‘targeted due to the victim’s celebrity status.’

There is no evidence that Ellen or Portia had anything to do with the robbery.  

The burglary took place on the 4th of July, with TMZ reporting that the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office stating they believe they were, ‘targeted due to the victim’s celebrity status.’

There was no word on the value of the stolen items taken from the home, though it is believed that ‘high-value jewelry and watches’ were stolen. 

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office added they were conducting an investigation to see if Ellen’s burglary is connected to other recent home break-ins. 

Someone they know? The Montecito Association reported in a recent newsletter that the local sheriff told them the burglary 'was an inside job'

Someone they know? The Montecito Association reported in a recent newsletter that the local sheriff told them the burglary ‘was an inside job’ 








The talk-show host purchased the 8,188-square-foot, Balinese-style home in early 2019 for a staggering $27 million. 

The news of Ellen’s home being robbed came amid the ongoing drama surrounding reports of a toxic working environment for staff and crew on The Ellen Show. 

Portia told PageSix that Ellen is ‘doing great’ despite the situation. 

Several high profile names in the showbiz industry have given their support to Ellen.

Former late-night television legend Jay Leno recently vowed to stand by the daytime talk show host, who he hailed as ‘a kind and decent person’, as she faces the ongoing workplace investigations into her show.

Victims: There is no evidence that Ellen or Portia had anything to do with the robbery

Victims: There is no evidence that Ellen or Portia had anything to do with the robbery 

He tweeted: ‘I don’t discard a 40-year friendship on hearsay. The Ellen I know has raised over $125 million dollars for charity and has always been a kind and decent person. I fully support her. Jay Leno.’ 

The pair would often feature on each other’s shows, with Ellen appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno many times. 

Hollywood legend Diane Keaton, 74, has also shown her support and said she always had a fun experience on her show. She wrote on Instagram: ‘I ALWAYS ENJOYED MY VISITS TO THE ELLEN SHOW. I’VE SEEN HOW THE AUDIENCE EXUDES HAPPINESS AND GRATITUDE. SHE GIVES BACK TO SO MANY INCLUDING ME. (sic)’

Ellen's home: The talk-show host purchased the 8,188-square-foot, Balinese-style home in early 2019 for a staggering $27 million

Ellen’s home: The talk-show host purchased the 8,188-square-foot, Balinese-style home in early 2019 for a staggering $27 million








The likes of Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Hart, Katy Perry and many more also have her back. 

Producers of The Ellen DeGeneres Show have been accused of creating a ‘toxic work environment’ by several former employees, as well as sexual misconduct claims being placed against two of the show’s top executives. 

Whilst Ellen was not accused of any wrongdoing in the allegations, she sent a letter of apology to her staff, which caused backlash after Brad Garrett – who appeared on the chat show six times between 2004 and 2007 – accused her of treating some people on the show ‘horribly’. 

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