Three teenagers and one 34-year-old woman have been arrested and charged in connection to a string of burglaries targeting celebrities and athletes, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The thieves last hit Rihanna's house, and authorities believe they had Viola Davis and LeBron James' homes in their sights. The ring had eluded law enforcement for more than a year and had stolen several million dollars worth of jewelry, clothes and cash.
Los Angeles Police Department Captain Lillian Carranza said the thieves had been so successful thanks to a method known as “flocking.”
“They flock like birds to areas where the rich and famous resided,” she said during a press conference on Tuesday. “Once a potential target home was selected, a larger vehicle would be utilized to give the suspects the opportunity to change into more comfortable clothing and hoodies to avoid being recognized and cart away the stolen goods.”
The gang also used social media to monitor their targets’ moves, so they could choose the most convenient time to strike, according to CNN.
Tyress Lavon Williams and Jshawne Lamon Daniels, both 19, were arrested with 18-year-old Damaji Corey Hall after they broke into the San Bernardino Valley home of Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods. Hall’s mother, Ashle Jennifer Hall, was also arrested for suspected grand theft.
Williams has been connected to various robberies.
According to TMZ, he was pulled over by the police last Friday, and during the stop, officials recovered items belonging to Woods, Rihanna, Christina Milian and baseball player Yasiel Puig. A surveillance camera also caught Williams kicking in Puig’s door. He has been charged with four counts of first-degree burglary.
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