08/13/2013 11:29 am ET Updated Aug 13, 2013

The Paris Hilton Burglaries: An Oral History

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Pretending to get robbed for attention would be a new low ... even for Paris Hilton. So maybe it's just a coincidence that as of July the heiress's Malibu mansion has been burglarized seven times. Perhaps it is just "bad luck" that her home was robbed yet again, while the movie cataloging the previous robberies was still in theaters.

The thieves (who were quickly labeled as the "wannabe 'Bling Ring'") dropped the goods just down the road from Paris' beach house, where they were conveniently found by her driver.

At a certain point do you not set up security cameras? Oh wait, she already has those -- we saw them in "The Bling Ring," which was filmed in her super vulnerable home.

No, instead of taking legal action or upping security measures, Paris managed to turn this latest theft into a promotional opportunity, tweeting:

@PHpurses, by the way, are Paris Hilton purses. Poor Paris Hilton was robbed of Paris Hilton (TM) products. Of all the Paris Hilton (TM) merchandise in that mansion, we're just glad they didn't take the Paris Hilton (TM) pillows.

That definitely seems like a questionable response. As The Cut asked, "Is burglary part of her brand now?"

The now-famous group of thieves stopped by Paris's home six times prior to being caught.

They plucked over $2 million in jewelry, a number of designer clothing items, and almost her little dog, too. But Paris barely noticed. Really, she's used to it.

paris dog

As she told the Daily Beast:

"When it first happened, I'd already had so many other experiences at other houses I've lived at in the Hollywood Hills with stalkers, people climbing my gates, and tour buses full of people driving by. I've always been used to this. But living in a gated community is the safest place you could live in L.A. Even though it happened to me and it's scary, I just had to up the security in and around my house with cameras, laser beams and the most high-tech system."

Was there really any security to beef up? Somehow, the "leave the key under the mat" method doesn't seem like the best protection plan for a Malibu mega mansion. Paris explained the first, like, six times she was robbed, saying:

"My housekeeper had been there and left the key under the mat for me, so they took the key, made a copy of it and brought it back. The kids basically had their own copy of the key and broke into my home, like, six times."


And based on her confessions to Piers Morgan on CNN, by broadcasting her whereabouts, she was at least partly to blame:

“This could not have happened five, 10 years ago. There wasn’t a Twitter or Facebook or any of these things, so nowadays people know exactly where you are.”

The thing is: Paris never actually noticed the robberies were happening. But she turned on the water works for Vulture, telling Kyle Buchanan the film made her cry:

"I was really emotional watching it. During some parts of it, I literally had tears in my eyes and I wanted to cry. I knew what happened with the burglaries, but I had never actually seen it — so watching it happen, I was like, 'Oh my God, this really happened to me. These kids were really in my house and did this to me.' It's so violating. It just made me really angry and upset."

When she spoke to Life & Style, however, Paris took a more materialistic approach to speaking out:

“I am devastated. I cannot believe someone broke into my home. They took items that had such sentimental value that no one will ever be able to replace.”

And yet she didn't even initially realize anything was missing?


Either way, as "violating" as it all was, Paris took no action against the new set of thieves, and instead of identifying them, with those security cameras we know she has because of "The Bling Ring," she opted for tweeting about @PHpurses instead.



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