Craigslist robbery: Man posts ad, "buyer" robs him - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Craigslist robbery: Man posts ad, "buyer" robs him

By Matt Butner - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond police are investigating a Craigslist deal that turned into a robbery. A man went to meet what he thought was a potential buyer for his iPhone. Police say what happened next should serve as a warning about meetings arranged online.

It started as an ad on Craigslist, the popular online marketplace. A 20 year old man wanted to sell or trade his iPhone. He got a response that led him to the Kingswood Cove Apartments in south Richmond Monday evening.

The victim told police he was waiting in his car for a 6 o'clock meeting with a potential buyer. That's when, he says, he was blind-sided.

A man walked up to the car, indicating that he had a gun. He hit the victim in the head three times, and took off with the phone. Police say the arranged meeting was flawed from the beginning.

"Criminals are going to do crime where they feel safe- where the lighting is not great, where they can make a quick getaway- so you need to take that out of the equation," said Commander Scott Booth with Richmond police. 

Any time you arrange to meet someone you don't know, you're taking a risk. You can minimize that risk by picking the right location.

"Make sure you're in a public place, where there are other people around," Booth said, "so if you need help you can easily get it."

While the victim in Monday's robbery was not seriously hurt, police say it was a dangerous situation that could have been avoided. The bottom line is if you don't feel comfortable with what's happening, you should call it off.

"Sometimes those hairs on the back of your neck will come up, and you know something's not right," said Booth. "You need to act on that instinct and just get out of the area, call the police so we can take some action."

Copyright 2010 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.

  • Latest news from NBC12.comNEWSMore>>

  • Police identify driver killed in Hanover crash

    Police identify driver killed in Hanover crash

    Sunday, April 30 2017 10:13 AM EDT2017-04-30 14:13:12 GMT

    One person has died after a two-vehicle crash in western Hanover County Saturday night.

    More >>

    Police have identified the driver killed in a two-vehicle crash in Hanover.

    More >>
  • Richmond Police search for stabbing suspect

    Richmond Police search for stabbing suspect

    Sunday, April 30 2017 9:28 AM EDT2017-04-30 13:28:16 GMT
    Police say a man is on the run, after stabbing another man in Richmond. It happened around 1:45 a.m. Sunday, in the 5200 block of Hull Street. When officers got to the scene, they say they found a man with stab wounds. He was taken to the hospital, and is expected to recover. Right now, police are looking for the suspect, who they say took off on foot down Hull Street. If you have any tips that could help in their investigation, call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1...More >>
    Police say a man is on the run, after stabbing another man in Richmond. It happened around 1:45 a.m. Sunday, in the 5200 block of Hull Street. When officers got to the scene, they say they found a man with stab wounds. He was taken to the hospital, and is expected to recover. Right now, police are looking for the suspect, who they say took off on foot down Hull Street. If you have any tips that could help in their investigation, call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1...More >>
  • Congress settles for stopgap to avoid government shutdown

    Congress settles for stopgap to avoid government shutdown

    Sunday, April 30 2017 8:30 AM EDT2017-04-30 12:30:14 GMT
    Sunday, April 30 2017 8:30 AM EDT2017-04-30 12:30:14 GMT

    President Donald Trump seems destined to serve his 100th day in office without House passage of a Republican health care bill or enactment of a budget financing the government for the rest of this year.

    More >>

    President Donald Trump seems destined to serve his 100th day in office without House passage of a Republican health care bill or enactment of a budget financing the government for the rest of this year.

    More >>
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Homeless man gets makeover from big-hearted cops

    Homeless man gets makeover from big-hearted cops

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 2:44 PM EDT2017-04-25 18:44:10 GMT
    Tuesday, April 25 2017 3:49 PM EDT2017-04-25 19:49:50 GMT

    Police officers in Rome, NY, went the extra mile to give back to their community, helping one in need.

    More >>

    Police officers in Rome, NY, went the extra mile to give back to their community, helping one in need.

    More >>
  • Teen with cerebral palsy denied prom tickets

    Teen with cerebral palsy denied prom tickets

    Friday, April 28 2017 10:36 PM EDT2017-04-29 02:36:27 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:00 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:00:47 GMT
    Ashley Hamblin already has her dress picked out, but may not be able to wear it. (WSMV)Ashley Hamblin already has her dress picked out, but may not be able to wear it. (WSMV)

    She has her dress, her date, and an extensive hair and makeup plan. It’s all in anticipation of her high school prom, but a Middle Tennessee teen was denied tickets.

    More >>

    She has her dress, her date, and an extensive hair and makeup plan. It’s all in anticipation of her high school prom, but a Middle Tennessee teen was denied tickets.

    More >>
  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>
Powered by Frankly