An uptick has reportedly been seen in burglaries in L.A.’s wealthiest enclaves, with celebrities including Nicki Minaj and Alanis Morissette reportedly among those who have been targeted. The AP reports that the trend is the result of a concerted effort by gangs to focus on areas where a burglary is likely to be the most lucrative.
“Each day, the gang hand-picks teams of burglars, who ditch their usual attire for button-down shirts and hop into shiny luxury sedans to blend in as they search for prime targets: homes with no one inside and lots of jewelry and other valuables on hand,” the AP reports.
“They knock on the front door and, if no one answers, break in,” the story reports. “The burglars often do not know whose home they are targeting, making it inevitable in Los Angeles that they sometimes hit houses of the nation’s best-known actors, singers and other entertainment figures, police said.”
The crime trend even has a name, “flocking,” reflecting that, as the AP report puts it, “gang members flock like birds to areas where residential burglaries provide the biggest payoff.”
“Since January, other victims have included Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and Lakers star Nick Young. Actress Emmy Rossum reported $150,000 in jewelry taken last week from a safe in her home,” the report adds.
Morissette reportedly lost about $2 million in jewelry and other valuables from her home in Brentwood.
No arrests have been made in any of the celebrity cases, the report notes.