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November 12, 2021

Los Angeles: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide Division (RHD), Robbery Special Section, are seeking the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of suspects responsible for follow home robberies.

In early 2021, Los Angeles Police Department Robbery-Homicide Division, Robbery Special Section, identified an ongoing crime trend of follow-home robberies. Suspects would target victims in Los Angeles, following them, and then commit the robberies as the victims were arriving home or to their business. As a result of this, RHD detectives began to track the various robberies that were being reported.

In this trend, detectives noted that victims were being followed from such places like Melrose Avenue, the Jewelry District of Los Angeles, high-end restaurants, and nightclubs from Hollywood and Wilshire Area. Victims were being targeted based on the jewelry they were wearing and/or the car they were driving.

To date, RHD detectives have identified over 110 incidents. In reviewing these reports and speaking with area detectives, it is clear that not all these incidents are related, in terms of the same suspects committing these crimes.

This conclusion is based in part on the suspects background (in those cases were arrests have been made or suspects identified) and their gang affiliations. It should be noted that out of the 110 incidents being tracked, 107 involve suspects identified as male Blacks. In three of the cases the suspects are identified as male Hispanics.

RHD identified and assumed the investigative responsibility of several series. In these series, at least six different LA street gangs have been identified.

It is our opinion that these crimes are all a trend, similar to the trend experienced a year or two ago with the “knock-knock” burglaries in which different crews/gangs participated in the same type of residential burglary.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding these incident is urged to contact RHD at (213) 486-6840. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also go to www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.”