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The Los Angeles Police Dept. (LAPD) said street robberies have increased, with trends showing people with jewelry and high-end purses being targeted.

LAPD said that suspects have targeted people near places such as L.A.’s Jewelry District, night clubs and high-end restaurants.

“The target of these robberies has been expensive jewelry, including watches and necklaces, as well as expensive purses,” LAPD said in its bulletin. “Victims have also been targeted based on the type of vehicle they are driving.”

The suspects in these incidents are said to follow people, leaving LAPD to ask people to take measures such as being aware of their surroundings, not display valuable jewelry and call 911 if they believe they are being followed. LAPD also asked people to comply with the robbers and write down all information they can remember as far as descriptions of the suspects and possible vehicles.

On March 4, an armed robbery occurred at Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills after a jeweler was scouted and had a rare $500,000 Richard Mille watch stolen by a group of armed men. Shots were fired, but no one faced life-threatening injuries.

Three suspects were later identified and arrested, with all three pleading guilty. The watch was never recovered by police and a $50,000 reward has been offered.

LA Weekly