R. Kelly’s Atlanta home and another residence he was renting in the area were emptied by a group of thieves posing as movers while the singer was away on tour, police said.
A cleaning lady hired to maintain the residence while Kelly performed in New Orleans alerted authorities on November 26 to a burglary at the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer’s home on Old Homestead Trail, Johns Creek Capt. Chris Byers said.
R. Kelly was performing a concert at the UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans on Nov. 26.
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She told police when she arrived at the mansion, “everything was gone.”
After speaking with Kelly’s team, authorities also checked in at the singer’s rented home on Saint Devon Crossing in Johns Creek, which was similarly stripped of possessions.
Neighbors told investigators they had recently seen movers taking objects out of Kelly’s home and loading them up into a truck. When authorities returned the next day for follow-up interviews they found the group of fake movers back again at Kelly’s house.
They were detained and later told police Alfonso Walker told them Kelly was moving his organization to Chicago. Walker recently worked on some “odd-jobs” for Kelly, police said.
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In reality, authorities suspect Walker sold off the objects in Kelly’s house room by room, Byers explained, noting they were able to connect with one man who paid nearly $ 6,000 for the musician’s goods.
Byers said it’s impossible to estimate the cost of the property stolen given the size of the houses and the amount of possessions inside them.
Authorities in Georgia are searching for Alfonso Walker who they say broke into two area homes and stole possesions from R. Kelly while the singer was on tour.
“There was a bunch furniture and electronics stolen — a bunch of TVs,” he said. “You’re talking a TV in every room of the house.”
For now, authorities are working on locating the missing belongings and have issued a warrant for Walker on two counts of burglary, two counts of theft by taking and at least two counts of theft by deception.