Sunday, January 12, 2014

NO SALE: Lured By Online Ad, Victims Lo$e Big

Yet another online sales transaction went south Sunday morning, leaving a couple of victims $1,300 poorer.  The incident has similarities to another theft and a robbery at gunpoint in which victims were lured to the neighborhood by Craiglist deals.

Police met Sunday's victims in the 1100 block of W. Patterson, just west of Wrigley Field, at 10:15 a.m. A woman told officers that she travelled to Wrigleyville to purchase some electronics from a guy she met online. The man arrived, took her $1,300 and went inside a house to "get the stuff." He never returned. 

On September 21, another woman was relieved of $600 in an identical scam that was carried out in the 600 block of Surf Street. She met the offender on Craigslist.

On October 7, a man was robbed at gunpoint in the 3300 block of N. Kenmore when he met up with a Craigslist advertiser who was supposed to sell him a computer for $1,100 cash. The gunman was described as a Hispanic, 6-feet tall, 200 pounds, with a long pony tail and tattoos.

Sunday morning's thief is described as Hispanic, 25 to 30 years old, 5'11" tall, 220 pounds, with long, curly black hair. He was wearing a Cubs jacket and light blue blue jeans and went by the name "Angel" or "Anthony."

Sunday's incident is logged in CPD case HX111627.


  1. I've sold many items off of Craiglist including one to a Chicago cop. Use your best judgement. It's not that bad if you're not stupid.

  2. One has to wonder what kind of a "deal" they thought they were getting if they handed over that much cash, without actually seeing any merchandise. I sell stuff off CL a few times a year, and I always present the item first, have the person look it over, and only after they agree do they hand over the money. But then again, I'm selling stuff I actually bought.

  3. You never, never, never, NEVER front money.

    Not to Craigslist. Not to your drug dealer. Not to anyone you don't know personally. Bad idea.

    1. It is really really hard to fix stupid.

  4. In addition to seeing the merchandise first, how about meeting in the lobby of the nearest police station to complete the transaction. If it is an up and up transaction, no one would be opposed to that.