Published: Wed, October 03, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Burglars targeted homes of Rihanna, other celebrities, police say

Burglars targeted homes of Rihanna, other celebrities, police say

- At least one suspect was behind bars Tuesday in connection with recent burglaries at the homes of Los Angeles celebrities, including one at the home of Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods.

During the stop, authorities said they recovered stolen items in the vehicle, and issued search warrants for their homes. Police made the arrests through a vehicle stop in south Los Angeles after they allegedly ransacked the home of Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods on September 27, LAPD Capt. Lillian Carranza said at a Tuesday press conference.

Police said the victims were chosen when their social media postings and schedules indicated they would be away from home.

Woods' home was burglarized Thursday while he was playing against the Minnesota Vikings at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Hall's mother, 34-year-old Ashle Hall, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of grand theft.

Investigators suspect the crew could be responsible for as many as two dozen burglaries. Police found a rear-sliding glass door smashed and security video shows three hooded suspects.

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The thieves, believed to be gang members and their associates, called their operation "flocking" because "they flocked like birds to areas where the rich and famous were sited", Carranza said.

When the suspects scouted celebrity neighborhoods before the burglaries, they wore button-down shirts and drove luxury cars to avoid attracting attention, Carranza said. "The burglars believed no one would be home and that the homes would contain sought-after valuables that they might be interested in", she added.

Puig has been burglarized four times, including twice last month at his home in Encino. Charges were not immediately filed against the other three suspects who remain in jail, according to the AP.

In the past two years, there has been a rash of home burglaries in the Los Angeles area.

More recently, there have also been reports that rappers Wiz Khalifa and Post Malone were hit by thieves. A month later, National Basketball Association guard Nick Young came home from a game against the Orlando Magic to find that his Sherman Oaks home had been burglarized, ESPN reported.

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