As a result, the bosses of the neighborhood association – who also represent fellow citizens like Oprah Winfrey, Ariana Grande and Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex – have told residents not to worry about the proliferation of thefts.
“If there had been a case where strangers were entering and breaking in, I would have alerted you to be on the lookout and lock everything down,” the newsletter read. “According to our very helpful Sheriff, Lieutenant Arnoldi, this seems like internal work.
It is believed that expensive jewelry and watches were stolen from the house. DeGeneres and his wife Portia de Rossi are believed to have nothing to do with the theft. An investigation is underway by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident comes as Ellen faces increasingly scrutiny over allegations of a “toxic” work environment on her daytime talk show, for which she tearfully apologized. An investigation into complaints from salon staff members is also underway.