- The suspects, a group of three to four individuals, have been pretending to be gardeners or landscape workers to prey on victims who have businesses outside the city.
- The TPD believes the group used late-model minivans and SUVs to follow the victims from work to their homes, where they likely kept large amounts of money.
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- On Thursday, the TPD released two images sourced from CCTV footage that showed two suspects wearing safety vests and wide-brimmed hats.
- Torrance residents were urged to be on the lookout for suspicious-looking individuals who might come knocking on their doors pretending to be “gardeners…food delivery, couriers” as well as disguised “subjects wearing reflective vests, subjects carrying clipboards, subjects carrying ladders, [and] individuals knocking on a door(s) asking for someone by name who does not live there.”
- “Be aware of vehicles that pull in right after residents have entered the security gates,” Ponegalek was quoted as saying. “If something or someone causes you to believe criminal activity has or is about to take place, call 911.”
- A group of suspects in North Carolina broke into at least 22 Asian restaurants across the state from January to September of this year.
- A San Francisco man was charged with seven felony counts for robberies and attempted robberies of Asian women in March.
- Five burglaries in July in Newton, Massachusetts, all had Asian victims.
- In September, three men were charged for a series of robberies that targeted over 70 Asian women in the Bay Area.
- On Nov. 24, the Los Angeles Police Department announced the launch of the “Follow Home Task Force,” which involves 20 investigators monitoring the “ongoing crime trend of follow-home robberies.”