Police have arrested four suspects, described by police as “small group of gang members and associates,” who are believed to be responsible for a number of high-profile burglaries in the Los Angeles area.
Suspects Jshawne Lamon Daniels, 19, Tyress Lavon Williams, 19, Damaji Corey Hall, 18 and Ashle Jennifer Hall, 34, are alleged to have targeted celebrities like singer Rihanna, the L.A. Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, NFL pro Robert Woods, as well as numerous others athletes, singers, actors, and musicians, according to KABC.
The three male suspects were taken into custody during a traffic stop for an unrelated incident in South Los Angeles shortly after the home of Woods, a receiver for the Rams, was burglarized, the Los Angeles Police Department announced during a press conference on Tuesday. Police found a firearm as well as stolen property belonging to Woods when they pulled over the suspects’ vehicle, and the three men were booked on charges related to the Woods burglary. Ashle Hall, Damaji’s mother, was booked on grand theft charges when police searched her home.
An investigation revealed that the suspects may have previously burglarized the homes of Rihanna, Christina Milian, and Puig. After obtaining search warrants for the homes of the suspects, authorities went on to recover more than $50,000 in cash, as well as watches, jewelry, and purses. Police also found a list of possible future targets that included Viola Davis, LeBron James, and Matt Damon, KABC reports.
According to LAPD Capt. Lillian Carranza, the crew used a practice they referred to as “flocking” to scout their targets, driving expensive cars and wearing nice clothing in order to blend in while surveying upscale neighborhoods.
“They flock like birds to areas where the rich and famous resided,” Carranza said during the conference. “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 to cart away the stolen goods.”
The group would use information gathered on social media, as well as public touring and traveling schedules, to choose when best to carry out their alleged crimes, Carranza explained. They would then knock on the front door to make sure no one answered before breaking and entering, often making off with cash and stolen goods in a matter of minutes and fleeing the premises before alarm companies had an opportunity to notify authorities, Carranza said.
Prior to the suspects’ arrest, surveillance cameras captured two men rummaging around inside Puig’s home during a burglary in September. It was the fourth time that Puig’s home had been targeted.
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