Inside Kim Richards' Difficult Reality Before Her Shoplifting Arrest

Former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star has been struggling to find a home

By Mike Vulpo Aug 04, 2015 11:46 PMTags

When it comes to Kim Richards' reality away from the cameras, life hasn't exactly been glamorous.

While the former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star may have been trying to keep a low profile, it all changed this week when E! News learned she had been arrested for shoplifting.

According to police, the 50-year-old stole upwards of $600 worth of merchandise from a Target near Van Nuys, Calif. Sunday evening.  She ended up spending one night in jail before being released on $5,000 bail.

It is unclear if she was under the influence at the time. E! News has reached out to Kim's lawyer for additional comment about the arrest. 

While Kim has talked openly about her struggles with sobriety in the past, those close to her are also painting a picture of an actress struggling to maintain a stable environment.

"There are people in the family who wish she had stayed in rehab longer," a source revealed to E! News. "They weren't happy she chose to leave early."

Back in early July, Richard's ex-husband Monty Brinson confirmed the former Bravo star was out of rehab and 38 days sober. Our source assures us, however, that several people in Kim's inner circle have been worried about her sobriety lately.

"Stealing is just so out of character for her under normal circumstances," another insider shared with E! News. 

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For those curious about Kim's daily life both before and after her latest arrest, it turns out that much of her routine remains unclear.

One source shared that the Sharknado 3 star is not talking to her sisters and many friends. In fact, she has nowhere to live and is doing a "jumping house" thing until she finds a stable residency.

As for reports that Kim is living in her car, another insider shared that she doesn't own a car and relies heavily on Uber, a transportation service popular in the Los Angeles area. 

Kim has remained silent on social media and has yet to speak out on her latest arrest.