The crackdown on pick pocketing at The Abbey continues with two arrests on Saturday by West Hollywood sheriff’s deputies.
Lt. David Smith said one person was charged with robbery after resisting an officer and the other with grand theft. Smith said deputies searching a vehicle nearby found a total of 11 cell phones and stolen personal IDs.
The Abbey, West Hollywood’s best-known gay bar and restaurant, has worked with deputies to step up its surveillance of possible pickpockets after Smith disclosed 159 thefts had been reported from the beginning of 2015 through the middle of October.
Last month security personnel at The Abbey detained a man on a Saturday night and discovered four cell phones in his possession. Sheriff’s deputies arrested him and charged him with grand theft of personal property. The man was identified as Alejandro Martinez, 32.
Smith said it is important for patrons of any crowded bar or nightclub to be aware of their surroundings and keep personal items such as money, wallets, keys and cell phones close.