According to officials, deputies with the West Hollywood division were on foot patrol Thursday night at bars in the area when they observed a man in the area near Santa Monica and Robertson boulevards who resembled a pickpocket suspect from past incidents.
Deputies also observed a woman throw away a cell phone behind a dumpster. The two individuals were detained during the investigation.
Photo: LASD West Hollywood
Seventeen stolen phones were recovered, according to officials, and five have been returned to their original owners.