WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was investigating a new home theft that occurred in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday.
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The victims were walking home after a night out when they were assaulted just steps from their apartment complex in the 800 block of North Kings Road.
Sheriff’s assistants later entered the building where management said two of its tenants were robbed at around 2 a.m.
Dave Frank lives in the building next door and said he hadn’t made any fuss, adding that he was unfortunately not surprised by the latest news in the neighborhood.
“In the last few months I have started to worry because we have had break-ins in the building. We’ve had break-ins in the garage, and that seems like a new thing, ”Frank said.
The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station told CBSLA that two people were walking home from a nearby bar when approached by two men in a dark-colored Mercedes.
It is currently not known exactly what was stolen.
“I think it’s terrible. I think the neighborhood feels more dangerous than it used to be, ”Frank said.
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Last month, a security camera filmed three people robbed at gunpoint and beaten in Hancock Park after being followed home from a restaurant in The Grove. The crooks wore jackets to pretend to be police officers.
That same week, on the same block, a man walked into a house where an engagement party was being held and walked away with cash and cash.
The Los Angeles Police Department said it was investigating more than 100 armed robberies in recent months.
“I think it kind of reflects the economic conditions in our city right now and the disparity between people who have a lot and those who don’t,” neighbor Justin Yates said.
Back on the 800 block of North Kings Road, the assault happened just a few blocks from trendy Melrose Place.
The victims did not have to be taken to hospital, but neighbors fear things could escalate.
“Obviously, we need better patrols. We are talking about job security. We’re talking about joining the buildings in the neighborhood, hiring security guards, ”Frank said.
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Building management and the Sheriff’s Department confirm that there is a video of the latest attack, although at this point detectives have said they are not ready to release it and have said that they were still working to determine if the thieves were part of a larger network.