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On November 22, 2019, TMZ reported that “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 amount? A whopping $366,000 of bling.

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution picked up the story on November 23, with AJC crime reporter Zachary Hansen making the story his own by padding it with 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.

And they were all wrong.

As Real World Police reveals for the first time today, the amount in question was hardly $366k. The actual figure was in the neighborhood of one million dollars. Enough that Playboi Carti needed two different insurance policies to be able to cover it all.

So where did the $366,000 figure come from?

It only accounted for Iggy Azalea’s jewelry, and none of Playboi Carti’s. This video presents the full story, start to finish, including exclusive surveillance footage showing 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 at [address]. Upon my arrival, I came into contact with the victim, Ms. Amethyst Kelly — aka musical artist Iggy Azalea — who advised that their rental house was burglarized two nights ago, and that jewelry had been stolen from their dining room.

Ms. Kelly advised that earlier today she and her boyfriend discovered that his jewelry was missing, along with the blue Goyard bag where she and her boyfriend would keep the jewelry. 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, aka “Playboi Carti.” Ms. Kelly advised that it had been rainy 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.

She did.

And now you, too, can watch it.


Wondering why we didn’t follow the officers into the house?

The simple answer:

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). End of story.

The question it raises:

[Opinion warning]

I believe that transparency is essential for good government, and Real World Media is a card-carrying member of more than a dozen open government organizations. But I have to acknowledge a tension:

Georgia’s restriction? I believe it’s sensible.

There are circumstances under which police officers have the right to enter places where the occupants have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Moreover, that can happen in the execution of an officer’s community caretaking function; entry into your house is not restricted to situations involving crime.

Just because a police officer can lawfully enter your private space shouldn’t mean that the rest of the world gets to tag along via their camera.

Consider a scenario where the police are dispatched to a malicious false alarm at your house. They force entry and find you surprised, naked and watching cartoons on your living room floor. You haven’t committed a crime. Should everyone have a right of access to that video? If not, what limits do you believe are appropriate?





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