Protect Your Cellphones – West Hollywood Has a Pickpocket Problem

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The City of West Hollywood has a pickpocket problem—“WARNING!” Reads a sign posted at the patio of Rocco’s WeHo located across the street for the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at Santa Monica and San Vicente Boulevards. “Pickpockets are stealing phones in the WeHo area. Keep aware and do not store your phone in your back pocket. Watch your purses and keep them closed at all times.”

A photo of the sign posted on our social media platforms reveals that pickpockets stealing cell phones are not a Rocco’s WeHo problem, but a West Hollywood nightlife problem that seems to be growing, and no bar, restaurant or nightclub is immune, hence the need for a sign to remind people to protect their cellphones.

“Got my phone stolen at Revolver and it had my credit card, debit card and ID,” posted
@matt_._green on Instagram. “Can’t believe they stole my phone during black history month. 🙍🏾‍♂️🙍🏾‍♂️🙍🏾‍♂️”

“My phone was stolen a couple of weeks ago outside of Micky’s,” reported @kylermand. “There’s actually a new iOS update that allows you to see where a phone is even if it’s turned off. Mine’s located at 21008 Victor St, Torrance, CA 90503, but LAPD won’t let me file a police report since I live in NYC and didn’t file before I left. Posting as an FYI in case others see their phone at the same location! Good luck 🍀”

“OMG I got my phone stolen in WeHo 2 weeks ago at Tom Tom,” said @badgalkarkarr. “They jail broke my phone and stole bank account info, Venmo, PayPal, emails etc. be careful.”

“I’ve had my phone stolen at Micky’s and Reload,” posted @seize_the_dae. “Thieves are trash. I wish they would be found and their faces plastered on social media so we know who these trash people are.

“Mine was stolen at Heart,” reads a tweet post by @Karmir_Kovkas.

A crime report by the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station for the month of February, lists 34 stolen cellphones in WeHo, noting that a lot of cellphone thefts go unreported. WeHo Sheriffs categorizes a cellphone theft as grand theft.

It appears thieves strike more than once a night. On Saturday, February 5, 2022, five phones were reported stolen, most of them on the 8900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, inside a club.

The numbers doubled the following weekend on Saturday, February 12, with 10 stolen phones, most of them removed from the back pockets of unsuspecting patrons. One incident reports a diamond ring, cell phone, and credit cards were removed from a victim’s purse while inside a club.

Of the 34 reported stolen phones, three suspects were arrested, but only two were pickpocket suspects.

The list of stolen phones, according to WeHo Sheriffs is below:

FEBRUARY 5TH

  • Grand Theft
    8900 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/05/2022 @ 0100. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s back pocket while inside the club. #00683
  • Grand Theft
    8800 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/05/2022 @ 0045. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s back pocket while inside the club. #00686
  • Grand Theft
    8900 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/05/2022 @ 0000-0015. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s back pocket while inside the club. #00688
  • Grand Theft
    8900 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/05/2022 @ 0045-0047. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s back pocket while on the dance floor. #00692
  • Grand Theft
    8900 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/05/2022 @ 0045. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone and wallet from the victim’s purse while inside the club. #00741
  • Grand Theft
    8900 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/05/2022 @ 0130. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s purse while inside the club. #00742

FEBRUARY 7th

  • Grand Theft (Suspect Arrested)
    8900 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/07/2022 @ 0020. A man removed two wallets from a table while the victims were talking and looking in another direction. The suspect was detained by club security and arrested by responding deputies. While being searched by deputies, two additional stolen wallets and a stolen cell phone were found hidden in his clothing. #00748

FEBRUARY 10th

  • Grand Theft
    8900 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/10/2022 @ 1200. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone and driver’s license from the victim’s back pocket while inside the club. The suspect used the stolen ID to rent a Dodge Charger and failed to return the vehicle to the rental agency. #00821
  • Strong Arm Robbery (Suspect Arrested)
    600 block N Robertson Blvd
    02/10/2022 @ 0030. A man pulled the victim’s phone from her hand during an argument that took place outside the club. The suspect walked away with the phone and was located and arrested by responding deputies. #00806

FEBRUARY 11th

  • Grand Theft
    Santa Monica Blvd / Robertson Blvd
    02/11/2022 @ 2300-2330. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s purse while walking on the sidewalk. #00840
  • Grand Theft
    8900 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/11/2022 @ 2330. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s front pocket while inside the club. #00853
  • Grand Theft
    8800 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/11/2022 @ 0220-0225. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone and wallet from the victim’s purse while she was waiting in line to enter the club. #00940

FEBRUARY 12th

  • Grand Theft
    8900 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/12/2022 @ 0000-0045. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from a table after it was left momentarily unattended by the victim. #00826
  • Grand Theft
    600 block N Robertson Blvd
    02/12/2022 @ 0120-0140. An unknown suspect removed a diamond ring, cell phone, and credit cards from the victim’s purse while inside the club. #00838
  • Grand Theft
    8900 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/12/2022 @ 0055-0115. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s fanny pack while inside the club. #00841
  • Grand Theft
    8800 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/12/2022 @ 0115-0120. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s pocket while inside the club. #00865
  • Grand Theft
    8900 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/12/2022 @ 2339. A woman bumped the victim and removed his cell phone from his back pocket while standing on the sidewalk outside the club. #00874
  • Grand Theft
    8900 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/12/2022 @ 0130. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s back pocket while inside the club. #00877
  • Grand Theft
    8900 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/12/2022 @ 0200-0210. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s coat pocket while inside the club. #00880
  • Grand Theft
    600 block N Robertson Blvd
    02/12/2022 @ 2300-2315. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s purse while inside the club. #00941
  • Grand Theft
    8900 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/12/2022 @ 2240. A man bumped the victim and removed her cell phone from the countertop while the victim was paying her tab. #00954
  • Grand Theft
    8800 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/12/2022 @ 0200. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s front pocket while he was waiting in line to enter the club. #00972

FEBRUARY 13th

  • Grand Theft
    8800 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/13/2022 @ 0145. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s back pocket while inside the club. #00860
  • Grand Theft
    8800 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/13/2022 @ 0145. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s front pocket while inside the club. #00861
  • Grand Theft
    8800 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/13/2022 @ 0145. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s front pocket while inside the club. #00862
  • Grand Theft
    600 block N Robertson Blvd
    02/13/2022 @ 0100-0230. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s front pocket while inside the club. #00869
  • Grand Theft
    8900 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/13/2022 @ 0005. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s pocket while she was waiting in line to enter the club. #00872
  • Grand Theft
    600 block N Robertson Blvd
    02/13/2022 @ 0015-0020. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s back pocket while inside the club. #00904
  • Grand Theft
    Santa Monica Blvd / San Vicente Blvd
    02/13/2022 @ 0200. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s back pocket while she was standing on the sidewalk. #00905

FEBRUARY 18th

  • Grand Theft
    8900 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/18/2022 @ 0000-0215. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s front pocket while inside the club. #01053
  • Grand Theft
    600 block N Robertson Blvd
    02/18/2022 @ 2300-2350. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone and wallet from the victim’s purse while inside the club. #01018

FEBRUARY 19th

  • Grand Theft
    8900 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/19/2022 @ 0030-0150. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone and wallet from the victim’s back pocket while inside the club. #01022

FEBRUARY 20th

  • Grand Theft (Suspect Arrested)
    600 block N Robertson Blvd
    02/20/2022 @ 0000. A man removed a cell phone from the victim’s front pocket while inside the club. The suspect was arrested by responding deputies. #01039
  • Grand Theft
    8800 block Santa Monica Blvd
    02/20/2022 @ 0200. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s back pocket while he was standing on the sidewalk outside the club. #01056

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.

Partner to prevent or report crime by contacting the West Hollywood station. Or, if you wish to remain anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org/

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Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com
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