“We enforce the law here,” reads a story posted in Heart WeHo’s official Instagram account. “If you steal, we will catch you. Apparently people with less than 8 phones are not even arrested anymore…”
The video shared with @weho_times at 1:53 am, on Sunday morning, alleges that pickpocket thieves were caught stealing cell phones and the phones were recovered and returned to their rightful owners who were customers at Heart WeHo, located at 8911 Santa Monica Boulevard. The post shows chaos as a man is detained and women are heard screaming, one woman calling him a “broke*ass B*tch”.
According to a Heart WeHo source, “they have been caught before. Keep coming back. They don’t arrest them unless they have more than 8 phones on one person. So we catch and release. Return the phones to the owners. They always work in teams, 2-3.”
A video shared with @weho times at 1:53 am, Sunday morning, alleges that pickpockets were caught stealing cell phones at Heart WeHo. The phones were recovered and returned to their rightful owners. It is not yet clear if arrests were made.https://t.co/wCnFStPW9h pic.twitter.com/HQJ1OMiSg3
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This isn’t the first time pickpockets were caught at the WeHo nightclub. Two individuals were arrested for stealing phones inside Heart on Friday, February 17, 2023. “More pickpockets arrested last night,” reads a social media post. “If you come to and try to steal from our guests, we will catch you and you will be arrested!”
The video shows a male and female in custody 8911 Santa Monica Boulevard. According to the short footage, a man who was visiting from New York had his phone stolen by one of the individuals. We also see a group of people standing outside waiting to have their phones returned to them.
“He was here visiting from New York and his phone was stolen from his back pocket by the same people who steal cell phones every single time,” says the person behind the video. “The duo right here was once again detained by our security. Hopefully we won’t be seeing them back in two weeks. Thank you to the sheriff’s department and code compliance who are always first to show up. All these people are waiting for their stolen phones. I’m sure they did it in multiple venues across the city. They are stealing from our community–our queer community who come here for a safe space and have their phone stolen. We will catch you and you will be arrested.”
Two individuals–both female–were arrested for phone thefts at Rocco’s WeHo located across the street from Heart WeHo. The incident occurred at roughly 1:30am on Sunday morning. A Sheriff Deputy was not able to provide more information during the ongoing investigation.
This story is developing and will be updated as more information is provided.