Why It Isn't Always Safe to Sell Things On Craigslist

May 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Two Kansas City, Missouri residents have been charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action after police arrested them for stealing a video game system at gunpoint. The victim, an unidentified 40-year-old man placed an ad on Craigslist in the Kansas City area looking to sell a Playstation 3 console, two controllers and three games. He was looking to get $205.

The alleged robbers contacted the man expressing interest in buying the console and games and set up a meeting in 26-year-old Brittany Frazier's apartment (the first dumb idea in this story for all parties involved). On Tuesday morning the man went to an apartment building. When the seller got there, the woman and 28-year-old Dwayne Gordon were waiting for him.

At some point during the meeting Gordon allegedly pulled a gun on the seller, and no doubt said something colorful like "Give me the PS3 or I'll shoot your **** off," (we don't know exactly what was said during the robbery, we're taking liberties). As the duo took off in their car with the stolen console a nearby surveillance camera caught them on film.

Police ultimately identified the car and its occupants and were able to track both suspects down. Both suspects are being held in lieu of $100,000 bond and have yet to obtain legal counsel.

The moral of the story? Craigslist sales can be dangerous.

Bad Things Sometimes Happen When Selling Things on Craigslist

Minor update: We changed the title, because - as EZK suggested - people use Craigslist every day and avoid situations in this story.

Source: The Kansas City


Comments

Re: Why It Isn't Always Safe to Sell Things On Craigslist

If they hadn't gone through the trouble of buying the gun, they'd probably have had enough to buy the bundle legitimately- assuming they bought it, of course.

Re: Why It Isn't Safe to Sell Things On Craigslist

That was his mistake. he set it up in his apartment. if you are going to do it, you do it some place public. I've always sold stuff on Craigslist, and meet the people in public parking lots where there are cameras and witnesses. 

Re: Why It Isn't Safe to Sell Things On Craigslist

I really don't like the headline. It implies that it is never safe to sell on Craigslist. I have bought and sold numerous items there with absolutely zero problems. I have both sold things out of my home, bought stuff out of people's homes and have met in public places. The fact that these stories happen shouldn't be a reason to claim that the whole thing is bad or dangerous.

Re: Why It Isn't Safe to Sell Things On Craigslist

I agree with you, EZK. Hell, I bought a used Logitech Z-5500 by way of Craigslist. I met the guy in the parking lot of an Office Depot and that was it.

On another note, some Police Departments also advertise that they allow people to freely conduct craigslist transactions in their lots and lobbies. For others, I've never heard of a station that won't allow for it. If a guy won't meet you at the police station for a simple transaction, then it may be the case that you don't want to meet with that person.

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