Los Angeles police nab scooter-drive Bay-area thieves

LOS ANGELES – Police said Thursday that they’ve broken a band of scooter-riding robbers from the San Francisco Bay Area, who busted in to 40 cars over the weekend in Los Angeles.

The thieves traveled to Hollywood and used ride-sharing scooters to hit dozens of cars in the neighborhood of the tourist-heavy Hollywood and Highland intersection, the site of the TCL Chinese Theatre.

The scooters than mobility, and in Hollywood on a weekend night with as busy as it is, the scooters, which enable them to maneuver through the community,” Los Angeles police Capt. Cory Palka told KNTV .

Surveillance video of one of the thefts by the LAPD shows a man riding a scooter on the back of a car, bust out her window, grab a bag inside, and pass it on to another man on a scooter before the two zip away.

The Hollywood area could be an attractive target because of all the tourists, ” he said.

“Often tourists, people who are new to the community, not on slot cars and the tendency to become a victim,” he said.

Palka said such thefts are an ongoing problem and that thieves are taking the stolen items to Oakland to sell them on the street.

Palka said five arrests have been made, and that the LAPD and Oakland police have linked to the ongoing investigation.

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