Amy Schneider, the reigning Jeopardy! champion, was robbed over the weekend.
She announced on Twitter Monday evening that she was “fine” but still recovering emotionally from the theft, which occurred Sunday night. Schneider said her ID, her credit and debit cards, and her cellphone were taken from her.
The engineering manager from Oakland, Calif. recently became the top-earning woman in the history of the long-running game show and is the first transgender contestant to qulaify for the Jeopardy! “Tournament of Champions.”
Amy Schneider Explains What Happened
Schneider broke the news on Monday evening in a tweet to her 50,000 followers, explaining that she had been the victim of a crime the night before.
“Hi all! So, first off: I’m fine,” she said. “But I got robbed yesterday, lost my ID, credit cards, and phone. I then couldn’t really sleep last night, and have been dragging myself around all day trying to replace everything.”
The 24-time champ continued, saying that she was still shaken by the ordeal, and warned fans that she might take a step back from social media in the week ahead.
“So, I doubt I’ll even start writing tonight’s game thread today, and if I keep winning, it may take a bit for me to get caught up,” Schneider explained. “Thanks for your patience!”
She didn’t offer details about the theft, but authorities in her hometown of Oakland confirmed to NBC News that they are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Sunday night.
Spokesperson Candace Kea told the network that the incident involved two suspects, one of whom was armed, who fled after stealing a victim’s “personal belongings.” No arrests had been made as of Tuesday, Kea added.
Oakland police declined to name the victim.
Staff at Jeopardy! told reporters they had contacted Schneider about the incident to offer their support.
“We were deeply saddened to hear about this incident, and we reached out to Amy privately to offer our help in any capacity,” the showrunners said in an email statement to NBC.
Prior to the traumatizing robbery, Schneider had racked up 24 wins in a row, amassing $897,600 in total winnings as of Monday, according to the Jeopardy! website’s contestant hall of fame. Her winning streak and career earnings are the fourth best of any contestant in the show’s 57-year run on broadcast television.
But in her impressive bid to make Jeopardy! history, Schneider has also been the subject of targeted, transphobic harassment on social media.
She responded to the trolls on Friday, in another Tweet.
“I’d like to thank all the people who have taken the time, during this busy holiday season, to reach out and explain to me that, actually, I’m a man,” the champ quipped.
“Every single one of you is the first person ever to make that very clever point, which had never once before crossed my mind.”
In another Twitter thread posted in November, Schneider said she’s proud of who she is but doesn’t want her gender identity to be the only thing she’s known for.
“I didn’t want to make too much about being trans, at least in the context of the show,” she said. “I am a trans woman, and I’m proud of that fact, but I’m a lot of other things, too!”