Paris Suspects Burglar Was No Stranger to Her Home, Asks for Jewelry's Safe Return

Heiress tells E! News, "Whoever did this, definitely has been there before," says a taxi drop-off will suffice for return of stolen jewelry

By Claudia Rosenbaum, Aly Weisman Dec 23, 2008 5:05 AMTags
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Having viewed her home surveillance tapes, Paris Hilton doesn't think a stranger is responsible for burglarizing her Sherman Oaks, Calif., abode.

"I think whoever did this, definitely has been there before," the ripped-off heiress told E! News Monday while perusing the racks at the L.A. boutique Intuition. "We have some suspects that I'm thinking of."

Nearly $2 million worth of jewelry and personal items were stolen from Hilton's recently purchased mansion early Friday morning, while the newly single socialite hung out at Hollywood hot spot Bar Deluxe.

Police said a man in a hooded sweatshirt and gloves forced his way through the front door and ultimately focused on Hilton's bedroom for his ill-gotten gains.

The items taken include "jewelry, watches, every ring I own," Hilton said. "All my necklaces, jewelry that my grandmothers gave me that I'll never be able to replace.

"You know, it's just an invasion of privacy, and it's happened to me before. It's really scary but they're doing a huge investigation on this, and we're going to catch this person."

The reality-TV star said that, initially, she was afraid to be in the house after the break-in, but she has since "upped the security majorly."

"Obviously it's devastating and disturbing that someone was in my home," Hilton said. "[But] we have three security guards there and a 24-hour guard who is always on my property. We have the alarm on, [we have] the dogs, the guards with the gun, so no one is going to be coming into my house."

Hilton also has a message for the person or persons responsible for shattering her sense of security:

"I would tell them to please return my things, because I know they're probably watching E! News right now, to return everything and that's it," she told us.

"They just have to anonymously have a taxi drop it off in my front gate in a box with my jewelry and everything. They won't get in trouble. But if all this goes on for much longer, they're going to get in more trouble."