Days after LAPD alerted communities of a rise in street robberies, the dept. revealed it is investigating at least 110 “follow-home robberies.”
The follow-home robberies involve Angelenos being followed home after patronizing chic areas such as shops on Melrose Avenue, the Jewelry District in downtown L.A. and high-end restaurants/night clubs in the city. The suspected robbers are said to target people based on their jewelry and type of car driven.
“In early 2021, Los Angeles Police Department Robbery-Homicide division, Robbery Special Section identified an ongoing crime trend of follow-home robberies,” LAPD said in a Nov. 12 news release. “It is our opinion that these crimes are all a trend, similar to the trend experienced a year ago with the ‘knock knock’ burglaries in which different crews/gangs participated in the same type of residential burglary.”
LAPD said in past incidents where suspects have been arrested, they have found a link between at least six different gangs.
LAPD Detectives have identified over 110 follow-home robberies involving at least six different LA street gangs. Victims are being followed from places such as Melrose Ave, the LA Jewelry District, high-end restaurants & Hollywood nightclubs.
Any info contact RHD at 213-486-6840 pic.twitter.com/pVSStshl6p
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) November 13, 2021
People who frequent these upscale areas are being asked by LAPD 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.
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