Tesla's Optimus Robot Everything From Tesla AI Day Bella Hadid's Spray-on Dress Hasbro's Indiana Jones Toy 'Hocus Pocus 2' Review AirPods Pro 2 Discount Meal Delivery Services Vitamins for Flu Season
Want CNET to notify you of price drops and the latest stories?
No, thank you
Accept

Darth Vader's original helmet reportedly recovered after burglary

Balance to the Force has been restored. Other Star Wars memorabilia was also returned, and the suspect was apprehended.

darthvaderauralnauts
Darth Vader's helmet and other Star Wars memorabilia were reportedly returned after a burglary.  
Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

Darth Vader's helmet was among a stash of Star Wars memorabilia allegedly stolen from Bad Robot Productions in Santa Monica, California. TMZ on Monday reported that law enforcement responded to the Bad Robot building, where security personnel said 38-year-old Frank Hebert was caught on surveillance video breaking in. 

Hebert allegedly walked out with a shopping cart full of Star Wars memorabilia, including Darth Vader's original helmet. Police reportedly spotted Hebert pushing the shopping cart not far from the building and arrested him.

TMZ reported that the stolen items were returned to their owners and Hebert was booked for non-residential burglary. Director J.J. Abrams is the co-founder and co-CEO of Bad Robot. 

The Santa Monica Police Department didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The news comes just more than a day after the death of David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars films.