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Burglars of a feather 'flock' together in Los Angeles

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/30/2017 By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nicky Minaj and Alanis Morissette are among the suspected victims of a new burglary trend hitting some of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

"Flocking" get its name from the gang members who flock like birds to areas where home burglaries provide the biggest payoff.

Police say the teams of burglars ditch their usual attire for button-down shirts and hop into shiny luxury sedans. That's to blend in as they search for homes with no one inside and lots of jewelry and other valuables on hand.

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

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