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Safe Is "Most Unsafe Place" in $52k Gold Theft From Songwriter to the Stars

The heist occurred at the Hollywood home of Grammy winner Toby Gad, who has written songs for the likes of Madonna, Beyonce and Robin Thicke

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    Thousands in Gold and Valuables Stolen From Grammy Winner's Home

    An investigation is under way after tens of thousands of dollars in gold and other valuables are stolen from the Grammy award-winning songwriter Toby Gad’s Hollywood Hills home today. Ted Chen reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (Published Tuesday, March 17, 2015)

    Thieves made off with about $52,000 worth of gold and other valuables after breaking into a safe at the Hollywood home of songwriter to the stars Toby Gad.

    A safe inside the chart-topper's multi-million dollar mansion in the 3500 block of Wonder View Drive was raided while it underwent remodeling work. His wife Li Fan reported the theft on Monday, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

    Grammy winner Gad, who has written songs for the likes of Madonna, Beyonce and Robin Thicke, said he was convinced his precious items were safe, despite being away from the home for two weeks.

    "My wife came in today in the afternoon, looked at the safe and it was open and broken," Gad said. "We never thought a safe like this could be opened that easily. It is a very solid safe. All the gold we had in there was taken."

    Safe Is "Most Unsafe Place" in Gold Theft

    [LA] Safe Is "Most Unsafe Place" in Gold Theft
    Homeowners react after thieves stole $52,000 worth of gold and other valuables from the Hollywood home of songwriter to the stars Toby Gad. Toni Guinyard reports for the NBC4 News at Noon.
    (Published Tuesday, March 17, 2015)

    Father-of-two Gad also said there had been a number of break-ins in his neighborhood recently.

    Gold coins and other items were stolen from the safe, which was attached to the floor of a garage, not part of the renovation. Gad began collecting the gold when he was 12 years old when his grandfather and father each gave him a gold coin.

    "Whenever I made some money, I bought another gold coin," Gad said. "In the end, it was 40 ounces of gold. Every gold coin told a story to me."

    Li Gad said she found the family's social security cards, passports, vehicle documents and other items on the floor.

    "You don't think a safe would be the most unsafe place," said Li Gad, Toby Gad's wife.

    Detectives are looking at a two-week timeframe for this probe and are investigating to see if there is surveillance video.

    According to Zillow.com, the four-bedroom home is estimated at $2.6M and was purchased for $1.8M in October 2013.

    Gad has co-written some of the biggest hits of the last few years, including John Legend's " All Of Me," Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry " and Beyonce's "If I Were A Boy."

    He has also worked with One Direction, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and Alicia Keys.

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