Mexican film and television actress Ana Claudia Talancón was the victim of theft in her own Mexico City home last week, authorities confirmed Tuesday.
The 43-year-old actress had hired a nurse to administer several treatments at her home in the Cuauhtémoc borough on Friday morning. According to the initial police report, at some point, while Talancón was asleep, the nurse opened the actress’ purse and stole her wallet.
The Mexico City Prosecutor’s Office said they have launched an investigation into the incident. Further details about what was stolen and the status of the investigation were not immediately provided.
Shock and Outrage
News of the brazen robbery has elicited outrage from Talancón’s fans and calls for justice across social media. The actress is best known for her lead roles in popular Mexican films and TV series like “Soy Tu Fan,” “Para Volver A Amar,” and “El Vato.”
“I hope she’s doing okay after this violation of her home and privacy,” commented one fan on Twitter. “To steal from someone who trusted you is despicable.”
Others urged the actress to file a formal complaint with authorities.
“We’re confident police can identify the perpetrator based on their employment details,” said Mexico City Police Chief Omar García in a statement. “This type of crime will not be tolerated in our city.”
Pattern of Thefts From Celebrities
Talancón’s case marks the latest in a string of burglaries, frauds, and thefts targeting Mexican entertainment personalities.
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In June, a gang of thieves broke into the Mexico City home of actress Luz María Zetina, assaulting her and stealing valuables. High-profile celebrities like actor Pablo Lyle, actress Daniela Berriel, and singer Yuridia have also reportedly been victims of assault or fraud in recent years.
“Celebrities can be especially vulnerable to these types of crimes because their homes and valuables are very public,” said criminal law expert Karla Iberia at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. “Perpetrators also know that public figures are less likely to follow through with prosecutions.”
In Talancón’s case, the employment details of the nurse could aid the investigation and prosecution if the actress chooses to pursue charges. Her public support could also drive accountability.
As of Tuesday evening, Talancón had not made any public statements regarding the robbery or her plans regarding potential charges.
Talancón’s Ascent as Top Actress
Born in Veracruz, Talancón first drew attention as part of the cast of the popular teen telenovela “El Juego de la Vida” in 2001. She gained wider fame with her acclaimed performance in the 2008 drama “Las Vías del Amor,” about the dangers faced by Central American migrants.
In recent years, the actress has starred in numerous films, series, and theater productions in Mexico. She is currently playing the role of iconic Mexican singer María Victoria in the new bioseries “Se Llama Pedro Infante.”
Just hours before news broke of the robbery, Talancón walked the red carpet for the series’ premiere alongside costars Erick Elías and Sandra Echeverría. It remains to be seen if or how the off-screen crime might affect the high-profile show days after its launch.