Two Arrests Have Been Made in Phone Thefts at The Abbey

There have been two arrests made related to cell phone thefts at The Abbey, and the number of thefts was eight in December, a decline from the average of 14 a month in the previous 11 months.

Keep a hand on your cell phone when you're at The Abbey.
Keep a hand on your cell phone when you’re at The Abbey.

Lt. David Smith of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station said those arrested had been charged with grand theft, which is theft of property valued at more than $950. That suggests that they were in possession of more than one stolen cell phone.

Smith said deputies also reviewed thefts at Micky’s, another of the busiest bars in WeHo’s Boystown gay nightlight district. There three cell phones were reported stolen along with one wallet in December. At The Abbey pickpockets also stole a total of four wallets, two of them from victims of cell phone thefts.

Smith said Sheriff’s Station representatives have met with managers of The Abbey to discuss the rash of cell phone thefts and that The Abbey promised to improve its security. Smith said he believe The Abbey was doing “a great job” in that. Smith said that patrons needed to keep a closer eye on their valuables, and he noted that some women have been seen leaving their cell phones unattended while dancing.

The Abbey, West Hollywood’s best-known gay bar and restaurant, is located on Robertson Avenue just south of Santa Monica.


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Karl K
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Karl K

why not post names and pictures. publicly shame them. and, be able to know who to stay away from.

Chris Sanger
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Chris Sanger

Mia – stealing from mail boxes is a Federal crime, a felony, under the direct jurisdiction of federal, not local, authorities. It’s not that local police don’t have some role in this, but this is one of the things that make it more complicated. A lawyer would need to explain, but I’m not sure the LACSD if they found someone doing this could do anything than turn someone over to federal law people. If it’s a misdemeanor on the local level, then it would because what is stolen (in most people’s mail) is a low dollar value in legal terms.

Mia
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Mia

Nice work on the cell phone case, meanwhile, we’re having our packages/mail stolen on a regular basis by thugs who enter the our home entrance. The police refuse to take action, and apparently stealing someones mail is now a misdemeanor??????

Tom Smart
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Tom Smart

When it comes to our phones it would seem the death penalty would be appropriate, yes?

luca d
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luca d

…oh yeah, they’re doing a great job at the abbey, according to sherrif. perfectly cool place to get robbed, in fact, the bestest gay bar in america to get your phone or wallet lifted.