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What is burglary, Mr. Trebek

by Adam Russett on July 28, 2011

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek was in for a nasty surprise when a late-night visitor decided that she would try to sneak into his hotel room and steal some of Trebek's valuables. Then again, maybe the would-be crook, 56-year-old Lucinda Moyers, was even more surprised when she left the hotel room with a bracelet, money and other items and found that she was being chased by the 71-year-old quizmaster. 

Trebek gave passionate chase to the woman, but stumbled when his Achilles' tendon snapped and his other leg was injured by his fall. Police later arrested the woman and charged her with burglary and receiving stolen property.

You can't say that Trebek wasn't a good sport about it. He still showed up the next day to host The National Geographic World Championship in San Francisco, albeit on crutches. And he came clean about the events last night immediately, even with an injection of his trademark modesty and humor.

"I deal with answers and questions," said Trebek, according to Time magazine. "And today I'm going to start with the answer to a question I suspect is on many of your minds right now. The answer is 'At 2:30 yesterday morning, chasing a burglar down the hall … until my Achilles tendon ruptured and I fell in an ignominious heap, bruising my other leg in the process."

Hollywood Reporter states that Trebek's fans on Twitter immediately erupted in clever and almost-clever remarks, referring to the incident with Tweets such as "I'll take 'Spry Game Show Hosts' for a $1000… Alex Trebek chases burglar through a San Francisco hotel" and "Alex Trebek was injured today chasing after a burglar!! He's 71. What is, #BALLER, for $1000?!!"

Trebek is a native of Canada, although he is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He has been the host of Jeopardy! since 1984. He has received five Emmys and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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