Scandal-scarred couple Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli were reportedly the victims of a break-in at their multimillion dollar Los Angeles-area compound, where masked bandits allegedly swiped $1 million in jewelry while the former jailbirds were not home.
Loughlin, 57, and Giannulli, 58 – who both went to prison in the college admissions fiasco – home was broken in on January 3 after thieves broke their bedroom window and took the Full House actress’s jewelry box, according to TMZ.
The burglars, who were described as wearing all black, were reportedly spotted by a housekeeper before making their getaway.
Police later obtained security footage from inside the home, but have yet to release it.
The couple bought a farmhouse in Hidden Hills for $9.5 million in August 2020, just weeks before they were handed their sentences for the college admissions scandal – although it is not clear if this is the property that was robbed.
The heist at the start of 2022 continued last year’s rampant lawlessness that including several high-profile home invasions and follow-home robberies in LA’s wealthy enclaves
Jacqueline Avant, 81, a philanthropist and the wife of music legend Clarence Avant, was killed in a home invasion at her Beverly Hills mansion last month.
Lori Laughlin, 57, and Mossimo Giannulli, 58, had their LA-area home broken into on January 3
The pair (pictured at co-star Bob Saget’s funeral) were not home at the time of the break-in
Laughlin (pictured with her daughters Olivia Jade and Bella), who went to prison for her part in the college admission scandal, said her jewelry box containing $1million in bling was stolen
Police are unsure if the Full House actress and fashion designer were targeted or just victims of a random attack.
The cops floated a theory that the bandits are part of a South American group that travels to different areas across the US to hit high-priced homes, TMZ reported.
Since the robbery, the couple has amped up security at their 12,000-square-foot Hidden Hills home, which has been described as ‘contemporary farmhouse masterpiece,’ and features several rooms, marble interiors, a huge back patio, and a large kitchen island.
A representative for Loughlin said the actress is ‘thankful no one was hurt,’ according to Metro.
The flack went on to say that the recent death of Full House co-star Bob Saget has changed the Loughlin’s ‘perspective’ on material thing.
‘She says material stuff isn’t the most important thing in life, it’s family and love,’ the representative told Metro.
Loughlin attended Saget’s funeral on Friday in Hollywood Hills with co-star John Stamos and dozens of other A-listers.
Their Hidden Hills home (pictured) was purchased in August 2020 for $9.5million, just weeks before they were sentenced for the college admissions scandal. It is unclear if this is the home that was burglarized
The house features lot of natural light with grand views of the Los Angeles area
It opens up to a grand patio with plenty of space to entertain
The college admission scandal couple isn’t the only one in the Los Angeles area experiencing break-ins. Robbery is up more than five percent in the city, as of Christmas, with homicide and assaults up 12 and 7 percent, respectively.
California, as a whole, has experienced a string of robberies throughout the state, with November being a hard-hit month.
Over the past year, Hollywood’s total violent crime rate increased 25 percent, with its homicide rate doubling, robberies up 41.6 percent and shootings up 54.2 percent over last year, Los Angeles Police Department showed.
That is higher than the crime rate in the rest of the city, which saw homicides climb 12 percent, robberies up 5.3 percent and shootings up 14.8 percent.
LA crime has been on the rise, with robberies up more than five per cent
Loughlin and Giannulli were famously given slap on the wrist sentences of of two and five months, respectively. Loughlin had to pay a $150,000 fine and Giannulli had to pay $250,000, followed by community service.
Giannulli and Loughlin kicked off their prison stints in November 2020. Loughlin was released in December and her husband released three weeks earlier on April 17, 2021.