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Going Door-to-Door to Burglarize You

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Criminal door-to-door "salesmen" of all sorts are all too common in Sherman Oaks (and most likely in other parts of Los Angeles). A couple weeks ago, it was about fake location scouts. Now Senior Lead Officer (SLO) Ron Carter for East Sherman Oaks (that's basically Mulholland to the 101 Freeway, Van Nuys to Coldwater Canyon) warns of aggressive magazine salesmen, one who allegedly told a woman to "at least" give them her Range Rover if she wasn't going to buy magazines.

Dear LAPD Family & Friends, I am putting this e-mail out today (Friday-Nov 14th) and asking that all Sherman Oaks residents please call "911" if they see any strangers trying the doors of their neighbors homes. If you have solicitors going through the neighborhood, asking for donations, or any other possible scams, please watch them from afar and if they knock on your neighbors door, then try to open it, or go into the side or back yard, they are "Possible Burglars-There Now" and that's what should be said to the "911" operator.

A resident at the 13000 block of Cheltenham Drive was the victim of a burglary at about 2:00 p.m. and other neighbors reported seeing males, African Americans, dressed well, with light shirt and dark pants, soliciting for a Central L.A. Youth activity (possible Boys Clubs) One claimed to be selling magazines and the other cleaning products. When advised that she was not interested, they became angry/upset and said "at least give us your money, or your car, why not one of your range-rovers?" They were further described as 22-26 years of age 5' 10" 200 lbs. carrying a black back-pack.