Los Angeles street gangs targeting wealthy in rash of strong-arm robberies

“Police are warning people that wearing expensive jewelry in public could make them a target for thieves.”

(Jesse O’Neill – NY Post) Over a dozen street gangs in Los Angeles have set their sights on wealthy residents in the city as part of a disturbing, violent robbery pattern that has victimized hundreds of people, police said Tuesday.

At least 17 street gangs based mostly in South Central Los Angeles had staged more than 200 strong-arm robberies in the past 15 months, with five occurring this week, police said.

“In my 34 years in the LAPD, I have never seen this type of [coordinated] criminal behavior,” said LAPD Capt. Jonathan Tippet, leader of a “follow-home robbery” task force. View article →


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