LOS ANGELES — Jermaine Jackson recently experienced a major hit. Unfortunately, it wasn’t of the pop song variety.
First reported by celebrity website TMZ on Monday, the ’70s pop singer and the late Michael Jackson’s older brother claimed that nearly $200,000 worth of loot was pilfered from his home. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the report, which was filed in a statement by Jermaine and his wife, Halima Rashid, in mid-September.
According to the report, Jackson had just returned to his Calabasas home following a vacation. Leaving his luggage unpacked, he then went to sleep.
When he woke up in the morning, he noticed a door that he’d left unlocked was open. Shortly thereafter he and his wife realized a suitcase was missing. The designer piece of Louis Vuitton luggage reportedly contained valuables that included expensive watches, jewelry, clothes and furs worth approximately $192,000.
Authorities claim they have neither leads nor suspects in the case.
Along with the alleged robbery, Jackson has been experiencing other financial burdens in his life. It is being widely reported that the mansion he is renting is going through foreclosure and is scheduled to be auctioned Jan. 21.
Also, an inability to make child support payments has been an ongoing issue for Jackson. Contactmusic.com reports that even his driver’s license was taken away by California authorities because he allegedly owes his ex-wife more than $91,000 in back payments.
Jackson claims he can’t make child support payments because he no longer has a career and his business is failing.