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2 Answering Ad Take More Than Car

September 12, 1986

Two men answering a car-for-sale ad visited a Tarzana house Thursday afternoon, brandished a revolver, robbed the residents of cash, jewelry and other items, then stole the car to haul off their loot, Los Angeles police said.

The unidentified pair robbed four residents of a house in the 5800 block of Donna Avenue about 1:30 p.m., police said. They had made an appointment to see a 1983 Mercedes-Benz sedan advertised in a newspaper, said Sgt. Joseph Morgan.

"They went inside and sat down like they were going to buy the car and then pulled a gun," Morgan said. "A lot of times thieves steal cars this way, but they don't rob the victims."

He said the gunmen tied up the victims with duct tape, then fled in the Mercedes.

No one was injured in the robbery, although one man began to hyperventilate afterward and was treated by city Fire Department paramedics for chest pains, the sergeant said.

Police estimated the value of the personal items taken, including a videotape recorder and a stereo, at more than $5,000.

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