The Los Angeles Police Department issued a warning to residents on Friday regarding a series of “follow-home” robberies in recent weeks, carried out by men posing as valet attendants in expensive cars. The criminals have been targeting residents by showing up at their doorsteps and asking if they want a ride or a cigarette, but instead stealing cell phones, credit cards, and expensive watches while their victims are distracted.
“We’re getting to a very annoying point,” LAPD Capt. Richard Lefferts said during a press conference on Friday, reports the Los Angeles Times. “…If people are not vigilant, we are going to get to a point where we need to beef up our resources.”
As part of the investigation, detectives say they have identified five men in their early twenties, one of whom was a security guard, who have been caught on video surveillance cameras breaking into homes. The security guard then leaves in one of the vehicles, often in a Lincoln Town Car.
This follows a string of similar crimes in San Francisco, where a woman’s Louis Vuitton purse was stolen by a woman posing as a valet driver. Her reward came in the form of a Louis Vuitton bag. Police have apprehended the woman.
Read the full story at the Los Angeles Times.
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