A string of recent thefts of high-end watches and attempted robberies has led authorities in Los Angeles to track down those responsible for the crimes.
The incidents resulted in the theft of several watches from the home of a West Los Angeles-area man, as well as a Rolex taken from a man who thought he was meeting a potential buyer in West Hollywood.
Incidents reported over the past week include:
- Attempted robbery in the 1000 block of Larrabee Street in West Hollywood on March 25
- Attempted robbery in the 8800 block of Ashcroft Avenue in West Hollywood on March 28
- Home invasion robbery on Butler Avenue and Mississippi Avenue in the West Los Angeles area at 11:15 p.m. on March 29
- Attempted break-in and shooting on Burton Way and Willaman Drive in the Beverly Grove neighborhood at 1:20 a.m. on March 30
- Rolex watch stolen from the 8400 block of Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood at noon on March 30
The victim of the home invasion robbery in the West Los Angeles area said he was closing the garage door when three armed, masked men approached and demanded high-end watches.
The victim said the thieves used ties to bind his wife and held him at gunpoint while they recovered around 20 watches.
Investigators believe the thieves had jumped over a side fence and were waiting in the shade for the victim to return from walking his dogs.
The first of two March 30 incidents occurred in Beverly Grove when two masked men attempted to open a front door.
The resident apparently fired several shots at the would-be thieves, and they fled empty-handed.
The second incident happened in broad daylight when a man thought he was meeting a potential buyer to sell a Rolex.
The victim placed the watch on a counter before the suspect grabbed it and ran away, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.
Surveillance footage captured a shirtless man, followed by a person wearing a white T-shirt, fleeing the area shortly after the robbery.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 310-855-8850.
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