A gang of robbers broke into A$AP Rocky’s Beverly Grove Home in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. The men arrived at the Harlem rapper’s home around 11:30 p.m. and escaped with jewelry and other valuables worth about $1.5 million, according to TMZ.
Law enforcement sources said the men arrived at the rappers home around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16. Rakim Mayers, the 28-year-old singer and songwriter better known as A$AP Rocky, was not home when three men forced their way into his house. At least one of the men was armed.
Liliana Preciado of the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Media Relations Division told NBC Los Angeles that three suspects knocked on the door of the house in the 300 block of North Flores Street. A woman, said to be his sister or relative, answered. They pulled a gun and forced their way into the house.
They grabbed the woman, held her at gunpoint, and forced her to take them around the house. As the woman led them around the house, they helped themselves to jewelry and other valuables worth about $1.5 million, according to NBC Los Angeles.
The men also found a safe and tried to open it. But the woman did not know the combination. As they tried to make off with the safe, some neighbors reportedly appeared and tried to scare them off.
The men left hastily when the neighbors appeared. The got into their car and drove off in haste to avoid the threatening neighbors. In the process, they left the unopened safe on the sidewalk.
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The woman in the house was reportedly not tied up, and she was not injured, TMZ reported. A$AP Rocky was not home at the time of the robbery on Tuesday night, but KTLA reported that a silver Ferrari with tinted windows was seen leaving the house early on Wednesday morning after the robbery.
Police did not have a description of the suspects, but they said their getaway car was dark blue or black.
TMZ reported that law enforcement sources said the robbery did not appear to be a random hit. The gang had apparently targeted A$AP Rocky’s home. The website speculated that the break-in could be related to a recent video uploaded to Rocky’s Instagram on Tuesday, showing A$AP Bari feeding lots of cash into a bill counter (see video below).
“When you young and you getting too much money and you ain’t got enough time to count all your money,” the rapper said in the video
“Go ahead Bari blood. Count them racks real quick.”
The video was later deleted, according to Uproxx. However, TMZ uploaded a copy of the video to its website.
The deletion of the video recalls Kim Kardashian’s robbery experience in Paris which investigators suspected was due partly to her ostentatious display on social media.
Kim had flaunted expensive jewelry on her Instagram days before the robbery incident. Investigators said the robbers appeared to have known what they were looking for and probably obtained a lot of information about Kim from her social media pages.
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The robbers later confirmed investigators’ suspicion that Kim’s social media ostentation helped them, according to Vanity Fair. The robbers admitted to police investigators that they obtained much of the information they needed to pull off the heist from Kim’s social media posts. The thieves said they were able to obtain information about the types of jewelry that Kim owned because she displayed them on social media.
“The jewels were shown on the Internet, and [she said] she didn’t wear fakes… the time she would arrive in France, you just had to look at the Internet and you knew everything, absolutely everything.”
A$AP Rocky’s case is the latest of a series of break-ins at celebrity homes in the Los Angeles area this year alone. Celebrity victims include Nicki Minaj, Kendall Jenner, Emmy Rossum, LA Laker Nick Young and Alanis Morissette, according to NBC Los Angeles.
A thirsty fan broke into Drake’s home recently and helped herself to some soda. Robbers also stole jewelry worth about $3 million from his tour bus.
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