The elderly homeowner of the famed house scared off would-be burglars when she turned on her bedroom light, say police
The shag carpets and the orange countertops are long gone, but the iconic California house made famous on the hit 1970s sitcom, The Brady Bunch remains – and was the target of a recent break-in, police confirm to PEOPLE.
On Wednesday at 10:28 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department officers responded to a call of a break-in at a home in Studio City, California, which was used for exterior shots for the classic sitcom, which ran on ABC from 1969 to 1974.
Unknown intruders allegedly smashed the glass of a rear sliding door to gain entry, police say, adding that they ransacked the main level of the home before heading upstairs. It was unclear if anything had been stolen and no arrests have been made, police say.
The pair allegedly fled when the homeowner, an elderly woman, turned on a bedroom light, say police. “She didn’t hear anything until they were inside,” says a police spokesman. The woman was not harmed.
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The house has become a frequent tourist stop for fans of the show, which became wildly popular after it began running in syndication in 1975.
The show revolves around architect Mike Brady, his wife, Carol, the three boys and three girls they each brought to the marriage – and their beloved housekeeper, Alice.
The show’s creator, Sherwood Schwartz, told the Los Angeles Times that he chose the house to use for exterior shots because “we didn’t want it to be too affluent, we didn’t want it to be too blue-collar. We wanted it to look like it would fit a place an architect would live.”
The interior of the Dilling Street home looks nothing like the house on the show, which was created on a set at Paramount Studios.