Tuesday 17 September 2019

10 charged over Los Angeles celebrity burglaries

Stars including Rihanna were targeted when their social media postings showed they would be away from their homes.

Rihanna was among the stars targeted (Isabel Infantes/PA)
Rihanna was among the stars targeted (Isabel Infantes/PA)

By Associated Press Reporters

Ten alleged gang members face charges in connection with a series of burglaries that targeted the Los Angeles homes of celebrities including Rihanna, LA Dodgers baseball star Yasiel Puig and LA Rams American footballer Robert Woods, court documents show.

The men are charged with conspiracy and numerous other counts including burglary and home invasion robbery, the City News Service reported.

Police announced four arrests at a news conference in October, where they displayed recovered items including handbags, jewellery and mobile phones.

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was on a list of other celebrities the alleged gang were targeting (AP)

Three of those four were released pending further investigation, but two were re-arrested, and are among those now charged.

Investigators found a list of additional targets that included NBA star LeBron James and actor Matt Damon.

Officials said the victims were chosen when their social media postings and schedules indicated they would be away from home.

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