The Wednesday theft was reported to Edgartown Police on Friday.
Updated 10:30 pm, Tuesday
Kelly Bensimon, model and former reality TV star, reported to Edgartown police Friday that a bag containing $50,000 worth of her jewelry was stolen from a parked vehicle while she was on a sailing charter off Edgartown on business last Wednesday.
Ms. Bensimon, who appeared for two seasons in the Bravo series “Real Housewives of New York,” told the The Times in a phone call that she was on-Island for a two-day business trip, meeting with an investor, whom she declined to identify, about fintech startup opportunities.
The jewelry was stored in a toiletry bag placed inside a Black Dog tote and locked in the storage area of a black Cadillac Escalade when she left to go sailing, she said.
Ms. Bensimon said she was planning to catch a flight to New York City that evening at 6 pm, which is why she had her belongings, including her jewelry, in the car. When she returned from sailing at 4 pm, her jewelry was gone. Ms. Bensimon said that her bag contained Hermès bracelets, a Cartier tricolor gold bangle, a Daytona watch, and a 10-carat turquoise diamond ring.
“The irony is that there was a computer in the middle seat, and there was a Louis Vuitton bag in the front seat,” Ms. Bensimon said.
On Thursday, Ms. Bensimon, a frequent Vineyard visitor, posted a photo of herself in a bikini on the sailboat and a message to her Instagram account.
“VERY IMPORTANT: my canvas black dog bag was stolen yesterday at the marina in edgartown. The car was a new black cadillac escalade, it happened around 4 PM. If you have any information on the tote and the black nylon prada bag inside of it DM me immediately. BIG REWARD. Xx, Kkb.”
Edgartown police officer Curtis Chandler said Monday police are investigating the theft, but many of the details remain unclear, including the exact location where the vehicle, a 2010 Escalade registered to Erik Gordon of New York City, a Chilmark visitor, was parked for four hours.
Officer Chandler said he received a call Friday “stating that on Wednesday she was on the Island and that she had gone out on a private charter sail on Magic Carpet.”
Ms. Bensimon attributed the delay in reporting the theft to the fact that she was trying to make her plane and was allowing someone else to file the report. “But nobody ever came in that day or the next day to file a report with us,” Officer Chandler said.
She also said someone initially told her she had to wait 24 hours to file a report. Officer Chandler said that is not department policy.
Ms. Bensimon initially said the vehicle was locked; however, there was no evidence the car was broken into. Officer Chandler said he spoke to Mr. Gordon’s personal assistant, who said the car may have been locked but the passenger-side window also may have been down.
There were no reports of thefts from other vehicles that day.
Officer Chandler is still trying to determine where the Escalade was parked. “I have a few different people telling me a few different things,” he said.
On Thursday, Ms. Killoren said, a representative from her office called the Edgartown police station and was told by the officer who answered the phone to give it another day, that the bag might turn up. It was not until Friday that police learned the contents of the bag, $50,000 in jewelry.
In an email to The Times Tuesday, Ms. Killoren insisted that police were made aware of the missing bag soon after she returned to the dock and she discovered it was not in the Escalade. However, Ms. Killoren’s representatives, sensitive to the nature of the contents, only described a missing bag and not a bag of jewelry stolen from a parked car.
Ms. Bensimon said that the jewelry has sentimental value to her because she wants her daughters to wear it when they’re older. She is offering a reward for the recovery of the missing jewelry, and said that she has no interest in pressing charges.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Edgartown Police at 508-627-4343.