Anger and Alarm Rise Around Los Angeles After Rash of ‘Follow-Home Robberies’ and Jackie Avant Shooting Death

”When it starts happening in Trousdale Estates and Hancock Park, we’re in trouble,“ said radio station owner and Avant family friend Tavis Smiley

People wearing expensive jewelry, driving high-end cars and patronizing ritzy restaurants are among those being targeted in a spate of increasingly violent “follow-home robberies” around Los Angeles, prompting local authorities to step up resources to combat the alarming trend.

The shooting death of philanthropist Jacqueline Avant, wife of legendary music executive Clarence Avant, in a Dec. 1 break-in at the couple’s Beverly Hills home has also raised fear in entertainment circles and brought new urgency to solving these increasingly violent crimes.

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