It might be best to keep your gold out of sight these days. The LAPD’s Northeast Division has warned residents that three different crews of criminals are believed responsible for snatching chains off victims in Cypress Park and Highland Park. A total of nine robberies, including one in Eagle Rock, have been reported, with the most recent taking pace on Wednesday afternoon in Highland Park near Avenue 43 and Figueroa, said Lt. Steve Flores of the Northeast Detective Division. “Multiple crews are concentrating on this due to the increased value of gold,” Flores said via email. “A 7th crime occurred on 10/22/11 at Heliotrope & Santa Monica in East Hollywood. An 8th crime occurred on 10/23/11 at Trent & Wawona in Eagle Rock.”
* Correction: Earlier versions of this post quoted Lt. Steve Lopez. That’s the wrong last name. The correct last name is Flores.