The Heist Issue
Sordid tales of robberies, scams, and snitches


The Open House Hunters Who Hit LA’s Rich and Famous
By Claire Martin
In a stunning crime spree, a pair allegedly stole millions of dollars in watches, bags, and other luxury items from celebrities, the fabulously wealthy, and even friends. Their trial begins on Aug. 25.


The Influencer and the Email Scam That Nets Billions
By Evan Ratliff
Authorities say Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, perfected a simple internet scam and laundered millions of dollars. His past says a lot about digital swagger, and the kinds of stories that get told online.


How the American Worker Got Fleeced
By Josh Eidelson and Christopher Cannon
Over the years, bosses have held down wages, cut benefits, and stomped on employees’ rights. Covid-19 may change all of that.