He opened the door in his sleep. The sun was setting at 7 a.m. Six detectives and six uniformed officers were standing outside of his apartment building. The modest two-bedroom unit was equipped with a 15-camera indoor- outdoor security system. A police helicopter buzzed overhead as the authorities were surrounded by anLAPD tactical team. The reason for the cameras was obvious inside the apartment. The walls were covered in expensive artwork. The office was cluttered with designer clothing and handbags that retailed for as much as $100,000. Hundreds of bottles of expensive wine, diamond-encrusted Gucci hair clips, and Goyard wallet were among the items found by the detectives. The paperwork was for a storage unit.

About 2,500 items were discovered by the detectives, all of which were stolen from the LA area's wealthiest enclaves. The bust led to one of the largest recoveries of pilfered items in a single arrest in the history of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The scheme was designed to target homes that had recently come on the market. In-person recon missions at open houses, as well as online real estate listings, helped determine which properties promised the largest troves of luxury items. Sometimes the theft was as simple as walking in through the front door. They would return to locations at night and disabling security alarms. It is said that the duo hit the rich and famous, the merely rich, and even longstanding friends from their years growing up in Beverly Hills. It is not known how they met, but acquaintances say that they spent their lives surrounded by and hungry for the trappings of extreme wealth.

Timmons announces Ackerman’s arrest.
Timmons announces Ackerman’s arrest. Photographer: Allen J. Schaben/Polaris Images
Evidence photos of stolen bags.
Evidence photos of stolen bags. Photographer: Allen J. Schaben/Polaris Images

The victims were frightened by the break-in. When valuables were gone, there was no sign of a break-in. Usually guys go in, break in, smash, and then they lose their bearings. He says they were very surgical.

Authorities say that the stealth approach allowed for the theft of more than 150 luxury items from a Beverly Hills home. According to prosecutors working for George Gascn, at least $5.5 million in valuables was taken from 13 homes. The pair are believed to have been active for a long time.

Both have denied the charges. They are charged with 34 counts of money laundered and one count of conspiracy to do so. The pair is accused of selling the stolen items to pawnshops and secondhand luxury retailers and then using the money to pay bills. American Airlines frequent-flyer miles and American Express travel reward points were given to the man.

The trial is scheduled to start in August. Gary Jay Kaufman said at a preliminary hearing that the crimes he is accused of are not even fathomable. Victor Sherman said that his client allowed Ackerman to use his credit cards but that he wasn't present at any of the break-ins. There is not a single shred of evidence that Mr. Yaselli has anything to do with this case. The prosecutors said that he benefited from the scheme and pushed the other person to keep going. The person who carries out the burglaries is the same person as the one whonywayanydaynywayanyday them, said the deputy district attorney. The presiding judge ruled that the case could go forward despite the defense's arguments. Sherman and Kaufman have been charged with money-laundering.

Some of the notable robberies the pair are accused of are listed here.