A ring of burglars appears to be hitting Hollywood stars. The New York Post reports that a so-called bling ring has hit celebrities like Nicki Minaj and A$AP Rocky as well as Amber Rose and Mariah Carey, taking hundreds of thousands in jewelery and cash.
The burglaries started in January, when burglars took hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry and cash from the “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan. After that, retired Laker and former Knicks coach Derek Fisher was hit with thieves taking $300,000 in jewelry, including five of his NBA Championship rings.
Recently on Oct. 19, thieves used a ladder to enter Carey’s Beverly Hills mansion. They took just $50,000 in purses and sunglasses. The thieves may have done this on purpose, intentionally not taking anything that could be traced back to the songbird. One jewelry appraiser explained “A lot of Carey’s jewelry is shaped like butterflies. It wouldn’t be smart to try to resell it, and [the thieves] were prepped enough to know that.”
These celebrity crimes are reminicent of "The Bling Ring." Back in 2008 and 2009, a group of teens (seen below) known took more than $3 million in jewelry and luxury things from celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. The celeb-obsessed criminals inspired a movie about their thefts. They are: Rachel Lee (left), Diana Tamayo, Jonathan Ajar, Alexis Neiers, Nick Prugo, Courtney Ames and Roy Lopez Jr.
According to a representative in the Los Angeles Police Department, the Bling Ring was “junior level compared to what’s going on now.” The rep says that these new criminal are so-called Flockers that do “ ‘knock-knock’ crimes.” “They knock on doors of homes — if there’s no answer, they commence a [burglary]. It’s organized," shared LA Sheriff’s Department Detective Sgt. Mike Maher. Maher believes that the money from the burglaries is being used to fund gangs, especially the Rollin '30s. He says that gangs can even unite to commit the thefts and then go back to being competitors. “They can be Asians, whites, Hispanics or black. Members of rival gangs even work together during the day, then go back to being mortal enemies."
[Photo: Getty Images, LAPD]