Three armed men in masks forced their way into a Los Angeles home owned by Chris Brown, locked the R&B singer's aunt in a closet, and then ransacked the place for valuables, police said. Brown was not at the home during the robbery around 2am this morning, Officer Liliana Preciado said. The suspects got away with an unknown amount of cash, electronics, and personal items, she said. Brown's aunt was not hurt. Police didn't know how long she was in the closet. Detectives were canvassing the neighborhood around the gated property at the end of a secluded street in the San Fernando Valley and looking for surveillance camera footage.
"We're trying to see if there's any video evidence that might have picked up the suspects," Lt. Kirk Kelley told reporters at the scene. Investigators have not released descriptions of the suspects, who were armed with handguns and wore bandanas around their faces, police said. Brown came to the home several hours later to check on his aunt and then left, Preciado said. Meanwhile, Brown's mother less-than-subtly blamed her son's hangers'-on for the invasion, reports TMZ. Earlier this year, a woman was charged with breaking into another Los Angeles-area home owned by Brown. Amira Kodcia Ayeb, 21, pleaded not guilty to felony burglary, stalking, and vandalism. (Read more Chris Brown stories.)