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Friday, August 27, 2021

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Detectives Investigate Series of Robberies and Thefts in the Jewelry District

Downtown Los Angeles:
Los Angeles Police Department Central Robbery Detectives are investigating a series of Robberies and Grand Thefts that occurred in the Jewelry District of Downtown Los Angeles. Based on their investigation, they believe that Traquan Bell, a City of Compton resident, committed the following crimes. On March 23, 2021 Bell entered a jewelry store located in the 600 block of S. Hill St. Bell snatched $31,075 worth of jewelry from the owner's hand. While fleeing the location, Bell crashed through the door causing it to shatter. On June 23, 2021 Bell entered a different jewelry store located in the 600 block of south Hill Street. Bell snatched a designer watch from the owner's hand valued at $22,000. On July 8, 2021 Bell entered another jewelry store and removed gold chains valued at $40,000. On August 2, 2021 Bell entered another jewelry store in the same block as the prior stores and removed several items of jewelry valued at $77,170. Based upon this, LAPD Metropolitan Division police officers and Central Area detectives arrested Bell in the City of Costa Mesa on August 27, 2021. Detectives believe Bell may be responsible for several other Robberies and Grand Thefts in the City of Los Angeles.

Detectives are seeking additional victims, and other information related to possible criminal acts involving Bell.



Additional victims or anyone with information is urged to call Central Robbery Detective Brian Richardson at (213) 996-1875. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.



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