Celebrities being robbed by 'flocks'


March 31, 2017
Nicki Minaj

Celebrities, including Nicki Minaj and Alanis Morissette, are among the suspected recent victims of a crime trend known as "flocking", so named because gang members flock like birds to areas where residential burglaries provide the biggest pay-off.

They knock on the front door and, if no one answers, break in. The burglars often do not know whose home they are targeting, making it inevitable in Los Angeles that they sometimes hit houses of the nation's best-known actors, singers and other entertainment figures, police said.

Since January, other victims have included Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and Lakers star Nick Young. Actress Emmy Rossum reported $150,000 in jewellery taken last week from a safe in her home.