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"For every cop, there's the case that makes you: gives you that leg up, gets you recognized as the shining new star on the squad. The case that you solve that shows that you have the gumption, the gung ho, the get-up-and-go to make you stand out from your average rank-and-file patrolman. This could be the one, Cole."
―Opening Case Narration
Buyer Beware
BuyerBeware
Information
Desk Patrol
Crime Scene Nunn Bush Shoes
Clues 7
Persons of Interest 4
Questions 6
Locations Hartfield's Jewelry Store

Eagleson's Gun Store

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Warrants Outstanding The Driver's Seat
Buyer Beware, also referred to as "The Jewelry Store Murder", is a Patrol case in L.A. Noire. This is the last case Cole Phelps takes on the Patrol Desk, before he is promoted to the Traffic Desk.

DescriptionEdit

While patrolling the streets, Officer Cole Phelps hears multiple gunshots and runs toward the sound. He shows up to the scene of a shooting where he discovers Everett Gage dead on the sidewalk in front of his own store, Nunn Bush Shoes, and learns the identity of Edgar Kalou from the store clerk, Clovis Galletta. He also finds .32 ACP shell casings, and a .32 ACP FN Browning 1922 pistol on the scene. Phelps and Officer Ralph Dunn go to Hartfield's Jewelry Store to locate their suspect, after confirming he is the owner of the handgun. Upon entering, they're greeted by Kalou who at first pretends to be someone else entirely, claiming Mr. Kalou is sleeping in the back, and then attempts an escape. Phelps chases him through the store room and out the back door, eventually catching him by firing a shot from his service revolver into the air.

ObjectivesEdit

  • Search Crime Scene
  • Interview Incident Eyewitness
  • Investigate Eagleson's Gun Store
  • Investigate Hartfield's Jewelry Store
  • Question Edgar Kalou
  • Apprehend Edgar Kalou
  • Obtain a Confession

Persons of InterestEdit

LocationsEdit

InvestigationEdit

There are a few notable pieces of evidence to be found at the crime scene.

Found Clue/Location/P.O.I/Lead/Objective Notes
Everett Gage's right jacket pocket Layaway voucher Receipt for pearl earrings, made out on Bank of Arcadia to C. Galletta. Must look voucher up and down.
Ground near Everett Gage's body .32 shell casings Spent .32 caliber shell casings, five rounds total, found on sidewalk.
Trash can to the left of the Nunn Bush Shoes' entrance FN Browning handgun, Eagleson's Gun Store FN Browning model 1922 handgun, serial number 01138. Must examine closely.
Witness to the right of the Nunn Bush Shoes' entrance Witness, Interview Incident Eyewitness Witness who saw a woman, Clovis Galletta, enter Nunn Bush Shoes' after the shooting
Clovis Galletta inside Nunn Bush Shoes Clovis Galletta's statement (witness leads to an interrogation) Go to Dylan Darty for clues.

After collecting the evidence out front, head inside and speak with Clovis Galletta, triggering an interrogation. Note: You can still complete the mission without interogating Galetta.

Question Response Evidence Clue/Location/P.O.I/Lead/Objective
Eyewitness Account Lie Layaway Voucher Location Jewelry Store, POI Edgar Kalou
Possible Murder Suspect Doubt Location Hartfield's Jewelry Store, Clue Suspect Positively Identified, Clue Possible Religious Motive
Details of Shooting Truth


Leave the scene and head to the Eagleson's Gun Store to further your investigation. After driving to the store, both officers are greeted by a storekeeper who explains that he cleaned the gun just recently and confirms Edgar Kalou's location.

Locating a SuspectEdit

Upon arriving at Hartfield's Jewelry Store, Kalou will try to escape, leading to a chase. Either draw your gun and aim it at him for a few seconds to get him to stop running, or simply chase him down by sprinting. Once he is captured he will be taken into custody.

Interrogating a SuspectEdit

"How would you like a chance at smiting this man with the sword of justice?"
―James Donnelly
Back at the police station, Phelps will be asked to conduct the interrogation of Kalou. Start by accusing him of lying, and back it up with Clovis Galletta's eye witness account. Then doubt him and Kalou will confess. If you fail the interrogation, Donnelly will send Cole back in and the scene will restart.
Question Response Evidence Clue/Location/P.O.I/Lead/Objective
Argument with Gage Lie Suspect Positively Identified
Possible Religious Motive Doubt
Shooting Incident Lie Murder Weapon Serviced Location Eagleson's Gun Store


Bug: Sometimes, if you put away your notebook during the interrogation and come back and try to interview Kalou, the game will think you're talking to him back at the jewelry store, which is out of range enough for you to fail due to "dereliction of duty."

Note: If you have found all evidence and answered all questions correctly so far, you will only ask Gage the first two questions.

Case OutcomeEdit

It is confirmed that Edgar Kalou murdered Everett Gage in anger and because he racially offended him, but with Phelps wishing him luck with use of his racial argument to get murder in the second degree. During the interrogation, Phelps said he'd get the gas chamber, but if a deal can be met, he likely would serve multiple years to a life sentence.

TriviaEdit

  • If the player decides to tackle Kalou instead of firing a warning shot, the game will skip to a brief cutscene of Phelps handcuffing Kalou instead of a normal tackle.
  • Even though Kalou was arrested near Central Police Station, he was taken into custody at Wilshire station.

GalleryEdit

Video WalkthroughEdit

LA Noire - Walkthrough - Mission 4 - Buyer Beware16:57

LA Noire - Walkthrough - Mission 4 - Buyer Beware

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