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Deputies Arrest Suspicious Magazine Solicitors in La Canada Flintridge

Two people were apparently selling magazines in La Canada Flintridge without city permits. They were arrested in two separate incidents, officials said.

Sheriff's Deputies from the Crescenta Valley Station arrested two people in separate incidents on suspicion of soliciting magazines without a permit, authorities said. 

Residents were suspicious of the people allegedly selling magazines door to door on Jan. 7, about 8 p.m. in the 4300 Block of Belair Drive, Sheriff's Sgt. Debra Herman told Patch.  

The individuals, whose identities were not immediately available, did not have permits to solicit any items, officials said.

The incident happened in an area that has had recent residential burglaries, Herman said.  

"During the interactions with residents, both individuals became confrontational when residents declined to make a purchase from them," said Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Galbraith of the Crescenta Valley Station. 

"Both individuals do not live in the Crescenta Valley Station area and had no legitimate business in La Canada Flintridge," he said.

On both occasions, residents called Crescenta Valley Station to report the suspicious behavior. 

"Although soliciting without a permit seems to be a low level crime, it is a tactic commonly used by individuals to ascertain if the resident is home, possibly resulting in a burglary that day or in the future," officials said. 

Authorities explained that any suspicious activity should be immediately reported and can help the continued continuing effort with Glendale, Pasadena and Los Angeles Police Departments to help reduce the larger “regional” burglary problem. 

"We appreciate the participation of the community with our efforts to catch persons coming to our community to commit crimes," Herman said. 

Residents who see any suspicious activity can call (818) 248-3464. If it is an emergency situation, call “911.” 

Anyone interested in initiating a Neighborhood Watch Program in La Canada Flintridge can call Deputy Eric Matejka at (818) 248-3464.  

ANALILY PARK January 18, 2013 at 03:20 AM
A caucassian, clean look, young individual wearing only a thin fabric shirt came to our front yard, the day after Christmas as we were leaving our house for dinner. My husband explain to him that was not a good time, as we were loading ourselves into our vehicle. Our oldest son stayed behind in the house, changing clothes after having just arrived from work, having missed the whole situation about this stranger asking for "help to get him through college foundation". As we left the house, we asked our youngest to text his oldest brother to give him the heads up, if anything I rather have thieves ransack our home but not hurt any of our family members. Our oldest son called us, right as he was trying to leave the house, saying there was a caucassian, clean cut individual wearing a stripped sweater, and that he was hiding from behind our truck that was parked on the street. As our son pulled out of the driveway, the subject started walking away to what our son decided to catch up with him and asked him if he "needed any help". The subject tried to walk faster and soon enough, there was a car with two other people in it, that came by and picked him up. My husband left dinner from where we were and joined our oldest son to drive by the house to check how things were. They ended up calling the Sheriff's Station after they saw two unknown automobiles parked around the corner of our house. Hopefully, these were the same people that were caught all the way up in January!
Biff Baff January 18, 2013 at 02:48 PM
No magazine solicitors in La Canada! Can you do it City Hall?
Gregg January 19, 2013 at 05:11 AM
About 3 yrs ago I encountered a young man in slax/white shirt/tie in front of my home. 1st thing out of his mouth was "I'm not the neighborhood bad guy" big red flag. He was also selling magazines. I declined the offer, went in the house, left the lights off and watched him. He ended breaking into my neighbors house 2 doors down. I called the police and in minutes their was squad cars and a ghetto bird. He ran to the back of the property and jumped into the wash and took off running. (This was off of Ocean View Blvd. He ended up popping out @ foothill by Briggs ave and was caught. Of course he was denying the whole ordeal. What his dumb as did not know was that his wallet with his ID fell out of his pocket as he jumped the fence into the wash. I had to come identify him,dirty white shirt/skinny tie and all. He was booked and thats the last I heard of the whole ordeal. My neighbor was actually home when he broke in but she was in the back bedroom watching the TV and did not hear her doorbell. This guy was actually part of a group from the midwest who did work for a magazine sales company
Gregg January 19, 2013 at 05:12 AM
From then on I have kept an eye out. About 6 months ago I had a guy come to the door claiming to be offering tree cutting services. My brother denied him so I got in my truck and followed him. Turns out their were 2 of them and they were not going to every door. They were going to homes with no cars in the driveway. I also noticed one of the guys go into a side yard and come out. Called the police as well. They located them and then I left." KEEP AN EYE OUT PEOPLE"....................................................
Gregg January 19, 2013 at 05:12 AM
About 3 yrs ago I encountered a young man in slax/white shirt/tie in front of my home. 1st thing out of his mouth was "I'm not the neighborhood bad guy" big red flag. He was also selling magazines. I declined the offer, went in the house, left the lights off and watched him. He ended breaking into my neighbors house 2 doors down. I called the police and in minutes their was squad cars and a ghetto bird. He ran to the back of the property and jumped into the wash and took off running. (This was off of Ocean View Blvd. He ended up popping out @ foothill by Briggs ave and was caught. Of course he was denying the whole ordeal. What his dumb as did not know was that his wallet with his ID fell out of his pocket as he jumped the fence into the wash. I had to come identify him,dirty white shirt/skinny tie and all. He was booked and thats the last I heard of the whole ordeal. My neighbor was actually home when he broke in but she was in the back bedroom watching the TV and did not hear her doorbell. This guy was actually part of a group from the midwest who did work for a magazine sales company
Gregg January 19, 2013 at 05:13 AM
From then on I have kept an eye out. About 6 months ago I had a guy come to the door claiming to be offering tree cutting services. My brother denied him so I got in my truck and followed him. Turns out their were 2 of them and they were not going to every door. They were going to homes with no cars in the driveway. I also noticed one of the guys go into a side yard and come out. Called the police as well. They located them and then I left." KEEP AN EYE OUT PEOPLE" 1....................................................

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