The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station has confirmed that two individuals–both female–were arrested for phone thefts at Rocco’s WeHo located at 8900 Santa Monica Blvd., across the street from the LASD WeHo Station. The incident occurred at roughly 1:30am on Sunday morning. A Sheriff Deputy was not able to provide more information during the ongoing investigation.
Rocco’s WeHo describes the phone thefts via their official Instagram @roccosweho:
“Last night one of our dancers observed 2 people who appeared to be pickpocketing cell phones. He jumped off the gogo box, followed them and motioned for our security to detain them. The 2 suspects were arrested and multiple phones were recovered and returned to our valued guests. We are all in this together.
Thanks to our security team for detaining the suspects and for @lasdwesthollywoodstation for responding immediately.
@wehocity is a place for fun not for crime.”
Two individuals, one male, and one female, were arrested at The Abbey Food and Bar on Saturday, December 3, 2022, during the evening nightlife hours.
A video posted on social media earlier this month alleges a theft crew is targeting people in West Hollywood and stealing phones and wallets. The video, which originated from the Instagram account @francofriday, states the same people, five males and two females of Hispanic descent stand on the corner of Santa Monica and San Vicente and pickpocket unsuspecting people, taking cell phones and wallets. “On that corner they pickpocket you. They steal your cellphones, while you’re listening to the guy playing music or waiting to cross the street right in that area,” he said in the video which is getting local news attention. “They grab your cellphones and they put them in a bag. They grab your IDs and your wallet, and they put it in the trash can. Once they put the phones in the trash, one of the girls takes the bag, walks past Revolver and walks to a car and puts in the back seat of a car…”
He said the females grab a key under the hood of the car and put the bags in the back seat. He says he could see the bag full of phones and tried to take a photo.
It is not yet known if the two female suspects arrested at Rocco’s are part of this alleged theft ring.
— Loving WeHo 💖🏳️🌈🌴 (@lovingweho) December 6, 2022
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