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Craigslist Buyers Lured, Robbed at Gunpoint

In the wake of several recent robberies, the Oakland Police Department is warning the public to be cautious in responding to Craigslist ads.

Bay City News—Oakland police are investigating several Craigslist ads claiming to sell high-end goods to lure victims to meet that have resulted in several armed robberies in recent weeks.

Ads featuring vehicles and electronics are being posted for sale on Craigslist in Oakland and when the victim arrives at the designated meeting location, they are robbed at gunpoint.

The suspects have been described Caucasian, Hispanic and African-American males.

Police urge the public to practice caution when attempting to buy items off of Craigslist. Police suggest not agreeing to meet in a secluded or residential neighborhood, as well-populated and highly trafficked areas are likely to be safer. Buyers on Craigslist are also advised not to travel to any location with a large amount of cash.

Anyone with information about the Craigslist robberies is asked to contact Oakland Police Department's Major Crimes Section at (510) 238-3326 or the Tip Line at (510) 773-2805.

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Jim Faison August 08, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Things that are too good to be true are usually false. Saving money is one thing, but DMV will compute sales tax on that vehicle, and let you know if the vehicle has been reported stolen too!! Be on the lookout for those who steal license plates in your neighborhood!! That is how they avoid detection even by neighborhood crime watch cameras!! Buy from your car dealer, and check CarFacts for past damage/accidents to the car!! Don't get your tires from the motor movie yard sale!! Use your dealer/repair shop; rotation and proper tire inflation can save your life, so using Craigslist or Amazon to save $ may cost your lif.

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