Novelist Lee Goldberg shares video of masked burglars outside his California home

A best-selling crime writer got a chilling taste of his novels when masked men snuck onto his property in the middle of the night Thursday night while he was at his $2.84 million home in Calabasas, California.

Lee Goldberg, 62, author of the critically acclaimed Monk and Diagnosis Murder book series, was alerted to movement on his property by his motion-sensing camera.

Four men wearing matching hoodies, gloves and masks climbed up a steep hill into Goldberg’s backyard under the garish security lights and charged toward his home. alarming recordings posted on his Facebook showed.

“Once again, my fiction comes true,” the best-selling author told The New York Times. “Chilean burglars play a big role in my next Eve Ronin novel, DREAM TOWN. So what happens? Last night they tried to attack my house… **while I was home**.”

Lee Goldberg is the author of the award-winning book series "Monk," it became a TV show for which he was also a screenwriter.
Lee Goldberg is the author of the award-winning Monk book series, which became a TV show for which he also wrote the screenplay.
Lee Goldberg/Twitter

Goldberg quickly got his phone and called the police. He recognized the impending danger and realized that the thieves were not a group of petty criminals.

“They looked organized and professional,” said the author KTLA 5.

Before the police arrived, the would-be burglars retreated back down the hill, believing they might have seen him on the phone, and were scared off.

“It’s very disturbing,” he told the outlet. “I write about it, this stuff, and I imagine it, but I don’t think it would happen to me.”

The thieves are seen coming out of the undergrowth on Goldberg's property.
The thieves are seen coming out of the undergrowth on Goldberg’s property.
Lee Goldberg/Twitter

As they made their way to his home, the author's security lights came on.
The author’s security lights came on as they made their way to his home.
Lee Goldberg/Twitter

The author of The Heist said the masked intruders “cleaned out” his neighbor’s house before he met the gang of thieves.

According to the outlet, the thieves smashed open a window and searched the home before stealing thousands of dollars worth of clothing and jewelry.

The neighbor said it was the second break-in since he’s owned the property and that he’s considering separating from his home as crime is on the rise in the area.

Goldberg told the outlet that he believes the thieves would gain access to the condominium through a nearby golf course and make their way up the hill to avoid being spotted by security.

Goldberg's neighbor was recently the victim of a burglary just before thieves targeted the author's home.
Goldberg’s neighbor was recently the victim of a burglary just before thieves targeted the author’s home.
Lee Goldberg/Twitter

“My daughter described this footage as a scene from ‘The Walking Dead’, like zombies squirming into your house. She saw these guys walking faceless down the side of our hill, and she knew they meant us harm,” Goldberg said said ABC7. “She was terrified.”

From 2019 to 2022, there were 1,255 separate property crimes in the city of Calabasas — 271 of which were home burglaries, it said open justice.

244 of these burglaries involved forced entry into the property.


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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