Rumor: Bored Rich White Kids Breaking into Homes for Fun
After reading about the street robberies in Sherman Oaks, a nearby resident e-mails this intersting tip:
near Ventura Blvd. just west of Woodman, aka around Stanley's Restaurant and neighboring residential streets, roaming gangs of mostly white kids are perpetually challenging each other to see if they can get into every residential property, smoke their dope, etc. On Matilija where I live, kids were even seen on the roof of the neighboring apartment building smoking who knows what, but apparently they had been there for at least an hour, per someone in my building whose unit looks out over that roof. Not robberies, yet kids with no motivation nor economic need. Just bored with no parental supervision. Where is the draft and when will it return? Can't happen soon enough for me.
George Aguilar, the LAPD Senior Lead Officer for the area, told us he was not immediately aware of these incidents. However, he did say the area has been experienceing a lot of car break ins and grand theft autos.
The other night, he was on patrol when several residences called about young male Hispanics going door to door aggressively selling magazines, which is borderline illegal when it comes to city laws (the city attorney's office told us they are working to clarify the law). He caught up with one of them and found they were a group from East LA that were told to give the hard sell if people weren't interested. In the past, door to door knockers in the neighborhood have been followed by a rash of home burglaries. Aguilar says if it feels suspicious, call the police.