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The California home of talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi was burglarized earlier this month, authorities announced.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office confirmed on Thursday that DeGeneres' home was broken into on July 4 and that belongings were stolen from the home, a press release stated.
"The residence appears to have been targeted due to the victim’s celebrity status. The exact description of the items that were taken is not available for release, but they are described as high value jewelry and watches," the release stated.
It was not stated if the couple was home at the time of the burglary.
De Rossi and DeGeneres purchased the near 9,000-sq. foot Montecito home last year for $27 million, according to TMZ.
The small enclave of Montecito — located east of Santa Barbara — is consistently ranked as one of the wealthiest places in the country, according to the Financial Times. Large estates in the community can cost up to $40 million and there is little for sale for less than $7 million.
A number of celebrities own homes in the area — including Drew Barrymore, Patrick Stewart, Rob Lowe, Al Gore, and Oprah Winfrey, CNBC reported.
Authorities are also investigating to see if the reported burglary is linked to a number of other recent burglaries of celebrity homes, according to the release.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office recommended that other residents of the area take steps to protect their belongings in the event of a burglary.
Sheriff's office officials recommend people "avoid social media posts that let people know that you are away on vacation" and "leave lights or a television on to give the appearance of someone being home."
No arrests have been announced in the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Daniel Kohli at 805-681-4150.
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