It’s been five years since Kyle Richards’ house was robbed. In December 2017, the Encino mansion of the star of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” was broken into while her family was staying at their vacation home in Aspen.
According to TMZ, thieves stole more than $1 million worth of handbags and jewelry, as well as an expensive watch collection owned by Richards’ husband Mauricio Umansky, including a watch given to Umansky by his late grandfather, and Richards’ gold wedding ring with the inscription , “Mauricio forever” engraved on it.
“They took everything — all my bags, as well as bags and jewelry that my mom left me,” Richards later told Vogue.
But fans of Real Housewives who use Reddit don’t miss a trick, and some questioned a recent RHOBH scene where Richards showed off a designer bag she was wearing on a cast trip that took place years before the heist.
Here’s what you need to know:
In a September 2022 thread on Reddit, a screen shot from an episode of RHOBH Season 12 showed Richards carrying a Chanel sequined bag to Dorit Kemsley’s Homeless Not Toothless charity event. A second photo showed the Bravo star carrying the same bag during a cast trip to Amsterdam in 2015.
“Kyle Richard’s wallet. Same bag?’ asked a Redditor. “Sequin Chanel from Amsterdam can be seen again at the Homeless Not Toothless event… was she honest about the burglary?”
Other commentators responded with possible explanations.
“They make more than one of the same bag…could have bought it again…” wrote one Redditor.
“I remember she said she was rebuilding her bag collection so I can imagine she’s buying the same bags,” another agreed.
“It can also be a representative. You can get reruns of classic Chanel bags that are no longer made,” wrote another.
“Wasn’t she traveling at the time of the break-in? That bag could have been taken and not at our house,” suggested another.
“Kyle and Mauricio are not stupid enough to carry one of the alleged stolen bags in front of the camera lol,” added another. with one of her daughters or something at the time), or she bought a new one on the second-hand market.”
“She said the bags and jewelry had great sentimental value to her, so she intended to buy them back. Kyle has the money and resources to rebuild the collection. …. I believe 100% that she was broken into,” wrote another fan.
Richards was devastated when priceless family heirlooms were stolen from her.
“Everything my late mother had ever collected and saved to give to me — what I’d always envisioned to pass on to my four daughters — was gone,” she told People. “Even my kids’ baby bracelets. Those are of course the things that hurt the most, things that I can’t replace. They are invaluable.”
But she admitted to Fashionista that she was also just as “hurt” by the stolen handbags.
“You think about theft, you think about jewelry, but when I found out all my bags had been stolen, I was so shocked,” she said. “The material things, yes they can be replaced, but they also hurt. I’m ashamed to say that, but those are things that have been given to me by someone I care about or have worked really hard for. So it hurts no matter what.”
Richards has since been on the hunt to rebuild her handbag collection — times five.
“Let’s Say I’m Doing” terribly well,” the RHOBH star told Vogue of her replacement plan. “I’m trying to get four of everything for each of my daughters.”
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