Los Angeles police were searching Wednesday for a man they said stole $26,000 cash and jewelry from the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team, and scammed his way into two downtown hotels to steal from Chivas USA soccer players and a salsa music troupe.
Police said a witness saw the unidentified man enter the team's locker room at Staples Center during an exhibition game October 20 with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Detectives studying surveillance footage noticed the man resembled a suspect in other thefts.
Police said a man on August 29 convinced a desk clerk at the Wilshire Grand Los Angeles he was part of a salsa group, and stole $9,000 from their rooms.
The man, wearing a Chivas soccer jersey, on September 22 convinced a clerk at a nearby Marriott to allow him in team's rooms, and stole $10,000.