Police are still working to track down the person responsible for the murder of rapper PnB Rock at South LA Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, but they’re hoping the musician’s signature diamond-encrusted chain might help.
Now the Los Angeles Police Department is looking for that personalized chain and any other jewelry that may have been taken in Monday’s deadly robbery.
Pawnbrokers have been told to search for the stolen items, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Defense attorney Mark Reichel noted that it would “obviously” be a bad decision to try to pawn such a unique piece of jewelery at this time, as the police have “covered up the pawnbrokers”.
“I probably think this (case) is out of state,” Reichel told KTLA.
Pawnbrokers are required by law to report items they believe have been stolen, and an online database allows police to cross-reference items.
“They get something important, it’s personal property, they buy it. They have to report daily and if they don’t, it’s a misdemeanor for non-declaration,” he said.
While the string showing up at a pawnshop would certainly help police efforts, other rappers are suggesting their co-workers avoid becoming the next victim.
South LA rapper and actor Ice-T took to Twitter with a simple trick.
“People still talk to me about my comments about LA Gang culture. If you notice LA rappers don’t wear a lot of jewelry… Me, Snoop, Cube, Dre, Game, Kendrick. The list goes on. is not because we’re broke. LA is just a dangerous place, rapper or not. Why test the streets,” the hip hop legend wrote.
Reichel agreed with Ice-T’s assessment, adding that some of his clients are also making the decision to forego flashy jewelry in Southern California.
“There’s no argument in my book, and I represent some of the rappers that live in LA now, and they don’t wear their stuff in LA. In fact, they were the victims of burglaries in their house in an attempt to obtain this jewellery,” he said.
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