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Robber hit Sierra Tract

Christina Proctor

Three would-be debt collectors became robbers Sunday evening when they forced their way into a home in the Sierra Tract.

Around 11 p.m. three white men knocked on the door of the residence in the 2500 block of Knox Avenue. The men demanded money from the home’s 18-year-old occupant claiming it was for a $40 debt he owed, South Lake Tahoe police reported.

When the man tried to shut the door, the robbers forced their way inside where one pulled out a handgun. Another appeared to be armed with a staple gun, witnesses told police.

The 18-year-old escaped the house through a back door and ran to a nearby house to call police. Before police arrived an 18-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy were still in the house. They were repeatedly threatened by the robbers. In an apparent effort to protect the two, the 18-year-old who had escaped called the house and alerted the robbers the police were on the way.

The robbers fled with a VCR saying they’d be back, police said.

The robber with the handgun is described as 20 to 25 years old, 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighing around 170 pounds, with dark hair. The second robber is also described as between 20 to 25 years old, 5 feet 5 to 7 inches tall, 180 pounds with dark hair. The last man was described as around 28 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 145 pounds, with red hair and possibly named “Eric.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the South Lake Tahoe Police at (530) 542-6100, or Secret Witness at (530) 541-6800.

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