Press Release Oct 03 Craigs List

BALTIMORE POLICE DEPARTMENT

OFFICE OF THE POLICE COMMISSIONER PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION

Anthony W. Batts POLICE COMMISSIONER

Anthony J. Guglielmi DIRECTOR

Baltimore Police Investigate Arm Robbers Using “Craig’s List”
BALTIMORE, MD / October 3, 2012 - The Baltimore Police Department urge the public to exercise caution when purchasing items from online services like “Craig’s List”. Since September 30, 2012, there have been two armed robberies in the Central District. In both of the incidents, the victims are lured to the Bolton Hill community to purchase vehicles they have found on Craig’s List. Each robbery began with the purchaser making contact with the perspective seller by internet or phone. In both robberies, the vehicle sale was a ruse and the victims were instructed to bring cash. Time and again, the seller/ suspect(s) would designate the Bolton Hill location to meet. Once the victims arrived they were accosted by three African-American males armed with handguns and robbed. Central District detectives want the public to use caution when responding to similar online ads. By implementing the following safety measures prospective buyers can shop safely:      Prospective buyers should always insist on meeting the seller during the day. Buyers should always meet sellers in a public place. Buyers should never meet a seller alone. Never bring cash. (Cashiers Checks or Money Orders) Trust your instincts, if you don’t feel comfortable leave.

Anyone with information on the identity of the robbery suspect(s) that use “Craig’s List” find their victims is asked to contact Central District detectives, at 410-3962240. Callers may remain anonymous. For more information, contact Baltimore Police Public Affairs Section at 410-3962012. -END-

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