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'Knock-Knock' Burlgars Arrested After Targeting Fancy Valley Neighborhoods

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Over the past three days, thirteen people have been arrested in connection to a string of "knock-knock" burglaries in wealthy neighborhoods of the San Fernando Valley, reports NBC Los Angeles.

The would-be thieves, who have targeted neighborhoods like Encino and Sherman Oaks, knock on the front door of a house, and if no one answers, break a window to get in. They usually make off with jewelry, electronics, gold or anything else of value that can be quickly sold.

According to the Daily News, the robberies usually happen during the day.

The burglaries are being committed by six different crews, many of whom are gang-affiliated, and most of whom have existing criminal records The crimes have become so prevalent since November of last year that a police task force has been created to target the problem.

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The LA Times notes that these arrests bring the total number of people taken into custody thanks to the task force to 22.