L.A. Jeweler Foils Suspected Theft Ring



Five men were arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery on Aug. 1 after a ­jewelry district merchant noticed a silver Cadillac suspiciously circling the block.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department news release, the merchant pushed his panic alarm and police arrived. The Cadillac—which had circled the block three times within five minutes—passed by again while police were speaking to the merchant.

After police stopped the car and detained its occupants, they found a hammer, gloves, a large canister of pepper spray used to ward off bears, and a pillowcase inside the car.

The men—two adults and three minors—were wearing hooded sweatshirts on a hot day, and the driver had a suspended license. “It was certain things about the car, how many men were stuffed inside, and how they were dressed, that added up to robbery,” says Lt. Paul Vernon of the Los Angeles Police Department. Police say that two of the five men were members of a South Los Angeles gang.

Jabril Green and Makrice Leonard were booked for conspiracy to commit robbery; bail for both was set at $50,000. Two of the three minors were detained at Eastlake Juvenile Hall due to their previous criminal records. The third was released to his parents.