A number of people on Twitter recently reminded me that part two of this story was still outstanding and expressed interest in seeing it. Can oblige. Note that Playboi Carti and Iggy Azalea no longer live at this residence, nor are they together.
On November 22, 2019, TMZ reported: “Iggy Azalea and Playboi Carti’s rental home was burglarized in Atlanta … and the couple told cops a massive amount of jewelry was stolen!!!” The value of the stolen jewelry was reported to be $366,000.
The Atlanta-Journal Constitution picked up the story on November 23, with AJC crime reporter Zachary Hansen making the story his own by adding a few more details from the police report.
AJC’s coverage got the ball rolling on mainstream media attention, and by the end of the day, the Associated Press had picked up the story. Crediting AJC, AP distributed a prepackaged overview of the $366,000 heist to their news wire service clients. Overnight, the story was everywhere. CNN. Billboard. Fader. Reuters. ABC.
Every one of those stories was wrong.
In reality, the amount in question was far more than $366,000. The true figure was in the neighborhood of $1 million. It was enough that Playboi Carti needed two different insurance policies to cover it all.
So where did the $366,000 figure come from?
It only accounted for Iggy Azalea’s jewelry. This video rounds out part one of our coverage of this story, to include surveillance footage of the burglar in action.
From the report of Atlanta Police Officer Michael Solomon, lightly edited for clarity and to protect victim privacy:
On November 17, 2019 at 1456 hours, I was dispatched to a residential burglary. Upon my arrival, I came into contact with the victim, Ms. Amethyst Kelly [rapper “Iggy Azalea”], who advised that their rental house had been burglarized two nights prior, and that jewelry had been stolen from their dining room.
Ms. Kelly advised that earlier in the day, she and her boyfriend discovered that his jewelry was missing, along with a blue Goyard bag where she and her boyfriend would keep those possessions. Ms. Kelly advised that she had been in the basement and had heard footsteps on the second floor, which she had attributed to her boyfriend, Mr. Jordan Carter [rapper “Playboi Carti”]. Ms. Kelly advised that it had been raining the night of the burglary, and that the back door to their house had not been locked in order for her boyfriend to have access.
Ms. Kelly advised that they have video surveillance footage of the suspect. Mr. Carter advised that he believed the suspect had been armed, and that he had been wearing a dark mask and gloves.
Ms. Kelly advised that she would downloaded the video footage to a flash drive for the investigators.
And she did.
Want to see it? It’s at 1:41.
Wondering why we didn’t follow the officers into the house? The Georgia Open Records Act places restrictions on access to “audio and video recordings from devices used by law enforcement officers in a place where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy when there is no pending investigation,” § 50-18-72(a)(26.2).
Wondering what happened to our original coverage of this story? Same here. Mysteries of YouTube.
01:41 Surveillance footage
08:10 Carti needed two insurance policies to cover his jewelry
09:19 Iggy’s suspect
13:43 Sergeant arrives
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