Actor Seth Rogan defiantly calls increased car burglaries no big deal, says LA is not a ‘sh**hole’

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Actor and comedian Seth Rogan posted a defense of vehicular break-ins throughout Los Angeles on Twitter Thursday, noting that his own cars have been burglarized “15 or so times,” but that it’s not a big deal.

Rogan’s posted remarks came in response to comments from YouTube personality Casey Neistat, who tweeted: “So our cars got robbed this morning because Los Angeles is a crime-riddled 3rd world sh*thole of a city but tremendous appreciation and gratitude to the hardworking officers at the @LAPDWestLA who not only arrested the motherf**ker but they got all of our stolen goods back.”

“Dude I’ve lived here for over 20 years. You’re nuts haha. It’s lovely here. Don’t leave anything valuable in it. It’s called living in a big city,” Rogan responded.

“[I] can still be mad tho right? feel so violated,” Neistat replied.

Rogan said: “You can be mad but I guess I don’t personally view my car as an extension of myself and I’ve never really felt violated any of the 15 or so times my car was broken in to [sic]. Once a guy accidentally left a cool knife in my car so if it keeps happening you might get a little treat,” Rogan wrote.

“[I] didn’t get any treats. he just took the decorations for my daughters 7th birthday party and left bloody hand prints. serious question; how did you get your car broken into 15 times?” Neistat replied.

“I lived in West Hollywood for 20 years and parked on the street,” Rogan wrote. “Also it sucks your shit was stolen but LA is not some sh**hole city. As far as big cities go it has a lot going for it.”

Critics have blamed an uptick in crimes like burglary on a 2014 law, among other policies, called “Proposition 47” which reclassified felony theft as a misdemeanor.

As for L.A., the city has made headlines recently for a series of high-profile gang robberies involving large numbers of people who storm into businesses, often high-end retail outlets, then clean out inventory before fleeing in waiting vehicles.

On Monday, nearly two dozen people stormed a Nordstrom at The Grove retail complex in Los Angeles and took $5,000 worth of merchandise. About an hour later, another group of thieves raided a CVS outlet and took $8,000 in cash.

Also, about 80 robbers took down a Nordstrom in San Francisco in what witnesses described as a “highly organized” operation.

“We probably saw 50 to 80 people in ski masks, crowbars, a bunch of weapons. They were looting the Nordstrom’s right here,” Brett Barrette, manager of a PF Chang’s restaurant near the scene, told local media.

“And I thought they were going to start beating cars. I had to start locking doors, lock the front door, lock the back door. There was a mob of people. The police were flying in. It was like a scene out of a movie. It was insane,” he added.

The uptick in brazen daytime and evening robberies have rattled and angered residents in California, to include business owners worried they might be next.

“The mayor and her entire team should resign. You can’t really run a retail enterprise if you have to board up the windows five weeks before the critical Christmas selling season,” said John Chachas, whose family owns luxury retailer Gump’s in Union Square, in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle.

Jon Dougherty


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