Huge stash of luxury items stolen in Hollywood burglaries found as man arrested

Hundreds of luxury items stolen from celebrity Hollywood homes have been found by police.

Investigators recovered a "multi-million" stash of artwork, jewellery, fine wines, handbags and designer clothing while searching properties linked to suspect Benjamin Eitan Ackerman.

The 32-year-old has been arrested in connection with a series of burglaries in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, which date back to 2017.

Singers Usher, Jason Derulo and Adam Lambert, as well as a cast member on ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ have been identified among thirteen known victims.

Announcing the arrest on Wednesday, Los Angeles Police Detective Jared Timmons said "high value" property was recovered by investigators from Mr Ackerman’s home and a separate storage unit.

Images of the items have been posted on the LAPD website to help police investigators identify any further victims and ensure the items are returned to their rightful owners.

Mr Ackerman allegedly pretended to be a real estate agent or potential home buyer to access the properties at open houses and on some occasions falsely claimed to work for an investment firm.

"When he showed up he was dressed to the nines. He acted the part. He was very slick," Mr Timmons said.

Timmons described Mr Ackerman as a "sophisticated criminal" with a "penchant for modifying artwork" so it could be resold.

He is also accused of destroying or tampering with surveillance cameras during several of the burglaries.

Timmons said the 32-year-old had connections to New York and may have been fencing stolen artwork there.

Investigators think the 32-year-old spearheaded the theft of more than 2,000 valuable items from at least 13 homes in the Hollywood Hills, Encino, Tarzana and Sherman Oaks in 2017 and 2018.

Detectives said they began to focus on Mr Ackerman after they noticed he had signed his middle name in guest books at open house events for multiple homes that later were ransacked.

Police said they thought Mr Ackerman had accomplices who helped him steal the items or resell them, but no one else has been arrested or charged in the case.

In October, authorities in Los Angeles made four arrests in connection with another string of burglaries involving singers such as Rihanna, Christina Milian and former Dodgers baseball player Yasiel Puig.

These suspects, police said at the time, used victims’ social media postings to time their heists.

In the last two years, high-value thefts have also occurred at the homes of singer Alanis Morissette, ex-Lakers guard Nick Young and hip-hop star Nicki Minaj.

The hauls from each were substantial, with the jewellery carried out of Morissette’s home in February 2017 valued at over £1million.

Puig’s house was broken into while he was at spring training with the Dodgers in 2017.

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