BUSTED! Cellphones in West Hollywood are slightly safer this weekend thanks to the recently re-instated West Hollywood Sheriff’s Entertainment Policing Team (EPT) who arrested two alleged cellphone thieves. The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station reports an arrest was made Friday night. A male and female suspected of pickpocketing and cellphone grand thefts were spotted by EPT while they were patrolling WeHo’s nightlife bars. According to a statement, 17 stolen phones were recovered and five of those phones have been returned to their rightful owners.
“Last night the #WeHo Station EPT Team was on foot patrol checking #WeHoNightLife bars,” reads a social media post by the West Hollywood Sherlffs official social media platforms. “When they approached Santa Monica Blvd and Robertson Blvd, they saw a male who resembled a pickpocket suspect from past incidents. The EPT Team contacted the male and a female companion, who were startled. Deputies saw the female throw away a cell phone behind a dumpster. They were detained pending a phone theft investigation. At the conclusion of the investigation, the EPT Team recovered stolen 17 phones. Last night the team was able to return 5 phones to victims. Both adults were arrested for grand theft.”
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West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station polices the City of West Hollywood and the unincorporated communities of Franklin Canyon, Universal City (which includes Universal Theme Park, Studios, and Citywalk), and the Federal Enclave in West Los Angeles.