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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.

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If you see these folks in the area, please call Police. If they are soliciting, they require a permit or for a charity, a Social Services Card and we can certainly investigate. If they become aggressive (beating on the doors-It has happened) call "911". If they are going from house to house and doing what I described above, please call "911" immediately. We need to catch these guys. They were seen on 11/12/ between 11:00 am and 2:30 p.m. and again on 11/14 at 1:30 p.m. going from door to door. We sent several cars to the area, but did not locate them. The call originally came into the S.L.O. and I had to ask the caller to hang up and call "911" immediately. The first call must be to either Non-emergency (818) 734-2223 or "911". Tell your neighbors and friends. Together we may get to catch them and stop the residential burglaries in the area.

Sincerely,

S.L.O. Ron Carter

Emphasis added editorially