For more than a year, Los Angeles police have been puzzled by a series of sophisticated burglaries targeting some of Tinseltown’s biggest celebrities and athletes.
As the list of victims grew to include L.A. Dodgers player Yasiel Puig singer-actresses Rihanna and Christina Milian and others, the heists became the talk of Hollywood.
On Tuesday, police arrested four members of a crew after a break-in at the San Fernando Valley home of L.A. Rams player Robert Woods during a game last week. The crew is believed to be responsible for earlier burglaries including those targeting Puig and Rihanna, LAPD Capt. Lillian Carranza said Tuesday.
And it appears the suspects had bigger plans, police said.
Inside the home of one of the burglary crew members was a list of a dozen future targets that include LeBron James, Viola Davis and Matt Damon, Carranza said. She said detectives suspect the crew may be responsible for many other celebrity burglaries beyond Puig, Milian and Rihanna.
Carranza said the burglars referred to their target selection as “flocking.”
“They flock like birds to areas where the rich and famous resided,” she said. “Once a potential target home was selected, a larger vehicle would be utilized to give the suspects the opportunity to change into more comfortable clothing and hoodies to avoid being recognized and cart away the stolen goods,” Carranza said.
Tyress Lavon Williams, 19; Damaji Corey Hall, 18; and Jshawne Lamon Daniels, 19, were apprehended after fleeing Woods’ house Friday evening on suspicion of burglary, Carranza said. Hall’s mother Ashle Jennifer Hall, 34, was arrested on suspicion of grand theft.
SOURCE: RICHARD WINTON
The Los Angeles Times