LA thieves ‘kidnap’ tourists in escort housing robbery and steal $ 70,000: police

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A group of tourists visiting Los Angeles from Northern California were abducted with weapons during a robbery, where police say suspects escaped with $ 75,000 in stolen property.

The incident happened around 1:35 a.m. Wednesday when four men left a restaurant in Beverly Grove after a birthday celebration and went back to the Airbnb property they rented in the 2400-block Coldwater Canyon Drive in Beverly Crest.

The victims told police they suspected an SUV was following them, so they passed the residence and made a U-turn in the belief that they had dodged the vehicle. But after parking in the driveway and getting out of the car, they were approached by three armed suspects and ordered to give up their jewelry.

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One of the suspects had a rifle while the other two had handguns, police said.

Because the suspects then allegedly ordered the victims inside the residence with weapons, police have described the incident as a “kidnapping” during the ensuing robbery. Once inside, the four men were ordered to lie down on the floor as the three suspects searched the property.

In all, the suspects got away with an estimated $ 75,000 worth of stolen property, which included cash, luxury watches and designer clothes and handbags, Fox 11 Los Angeles reported.

“This one is alarming where the victims were forced to enter a residence where they were taken from a safe place, in front of the public, into a residence, making this a much more serious crime,” the Los Angeles Police Department . That. Chris Marsden told KABC-TV. “It’s a kidnapping that, when we catch them, could be punished with life in prison.”

This file image shows a member of the LAPD leaving headquarters at 1st St.  in downtown Los Angeles.

This file image shows a member of the LAPD leaving headquarters at 1st St. in downtown Los Angeles.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

No one was seriously injured in the incident. The suspects were described as men between the ages of 19 and 25. KABC reported that police do not believe the incident is gang-related.

Yet it happened a week after the LAPD established a task force to fight the at least 17 gangs believed to be committing subsequent robberies and other attacks on wealthy residents to rob them of luxury goods, including jewelry, designer handbags and high-end vehicles. slip on the black market.

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“It’s become an alarming crime trend,” Marsden told KTLA.

“We have made quite a few arrests in these cases,” he added. “I’m convinced we’re catching them.”

Anyone with information please contact the LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD) detectives at (213) 486-6840 or email rhdtipline@lapd.online.

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