LA police make arrest after burglaries at Hollywood Hills homes

Usher performs during filming of the Graham Norton Show at the London Studios, in London.
Usher performs during filming of the Graham Norton Show at the London Studios, in London.

Los Angeles police have arrested a man they say burgled Hollywood Hills homes including those of celebrities after casing them while pretending to be a potential buyer or real estate agent during open houses.

Detective Jared Timmons said investigators have seized more than 2,000 items worth several million dollars, allegedly taken in burglaries in 2017 and 2018.

Singers Usher, Adam Lambert and Jason Derulo are among 13 victims identified so far.

Captain Cory Palka said stolen items include artwork, jewelry, fine wines, purses and clothing.

Police posted photos of items on hollywoodburglary.smugmug.com/ in the hope of identifying other victims and returning property.

The suspect is identified as 32-year-old Benjamin Eitan Ackerman, who is being held on one million dollar bail.

It is not known if he has a lawyer.

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