About $2 million worth of jewelry was stolen from socialite Paris Hilton's Los Angeles home early Friday. Police said it appears a burglar ransacked Hilton's bedroom. some time between late Thursday evening and 4 a.m. Friday.
The individual does not appear to be a professional burglar based on the investigation so far, law enforcement sources said.
Police said that Hilton was not home at the time of the burglary and that the house is equipped with a security system. In addition, the gated community has its own security force that police said was helping them to identify the burglar.
"I expect we'll be able to apprehend the culprit here based on some of the information we have," said LAPD Deputy Chief Charlie Beck.
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In initial public statements the department said the burglar broke open a locked door. But sources close to the investigation say the burglar may have entered the house by other means.
LAPD sources said they have not ruled out that the suspect may be familiar with the mansion and neighborhood.
Investigators said they do not believe the incident is connected to a string of burglaries in recent years that have targeted celebrities and the wealthy in the Westside and Hollywood Hills.
Friday's incident was not the first time Hilton has been the victim of a burglary. In 2004, several thousand dollars in jewelry, money and other valuables were taken from a home she shared with her sister, Nicky Hilton.
Hilton acquired the 7,500-square-foot Mulholland Estates property last year for more than $5 million. In October, she took talk-show host Ellen Degeneres on a televised tour of the estate, which includes numerous portraits of Hilton, a stripper pole and an array of immense chandeliers.