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Police Issue Warning After Several Craigslist Users Robbed

CARROLLTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Police in North Texas have a warning for anyone who buys things from internet sites like Craigslist. The alert comes after several people were robbed.

Police in Carrollton are searching for the armed suspects who robbed at least four people during separate Craigslist purchase meetings.

“When they arrange to meet with the suspects, the suspects will either use some type of deception or they’ll produce a weapon and actually rob the victim of the cash they’re carrying,” explained Carrollton Police Department Public Information Officer John Stovall.

As police began to investigate the robberies they realized the crimes had several things in common, including the fact that the victims agreed to meet someone in an isolated business area. “What makes them unique is that they’re [meeting locations] close to major roadways,” said Stovall. “It allows the suspects to have easy access away from the location after they commit the offense.”

In addition to finding those responsible for the crime Carrollton police are also trying to determine if the robberies are linked. “We have had varying descriptions of the suspects, so that would lead us to believe that either they [the crimes] are not connected or it’s either a larger group that are working together with multiple suspects in them,” said Stovall.

Police advise that whenever you meet a stranger to make sure it’s in a populated area. Stovall advised, “ We want people to use good judgment when meeting with someone they don’t know, especially if they’re gonna be carrying a large amount of cash with them.”

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  • NiteNurse

    Craigslist, Facebook, and Twitter are beoming the scruge of our society. They cause crime and cause people to have problems with their relationships. We now have to train our children a different way because of all this available Internet media. BOTTOM LINE: young or old don’t talk to strangers because when you do, the Internet becomes an open window into your world.

    • Constitution-Bound

      There is not a single website or network that “cause crime”, that is totally illogical. It may make it easier to commit, but that is NOT causation.

      You are correct, however, about the need to train our children, so that when they are adults, they will have the wisdom to avoid, as far as is possible, bad situations, and relationships. Also, we must, as adults talk to strangers, or we could hardly live or get anything done of significance.

    • Bob

      How does a website cause crime? I’m pretty confident it is the criminal that causes the crime.

      • LarryG

        Think, Bob, think real hard.

      • Dave

        And Craigslist in particular provides the vehicle or conduit for that criminal activity. There are MANY things the site itself could do to promote a safer environment, but why would they? They’re making money hand over fist on their paid NYC property ads.

        Time for the FCC to break the back of Craigslist-the SEWER of the Internet.

      • greg

        So far I bought and sold 3 houses, 3 cars on craigslist, rented apartments countless times, all furniture, TV etc without a single problem. Leave craigslist alone!

      • Barry Bin Inhalin

        Bob – I agree with you, criminals are the problem and craigslist is just an easy vehicle that gets them closer to thier goal (of robbing you). I hope that you would agree the same logic holds true for guns too (where guns don’t kill people, people kill people).

      • laarry

        How does a web site cause crime? google black male pack attacks…and you can see the way they are using blackberrys, twitter…to pack attack businesses.

      • cshellz

        Love craigslist! Bought my house off of it, garden supplies, canning supplies and building supplies. If you’re dumb enough to show up in a dark place with cash then you’re an idiot. Remember…guns don’t kill people, stupidity kills people.

        And all you people trashing a WEBSITE… what a bunch a sheeple, sheesh! Take some responsibility for yourself!

      • Robert Brooks

        How dare you besmirch the great name of Craigslist. HOW DARE YOU!!! As Bob states, ” it is criminals, that causes the crime”. A poorly worded, tense ignoring statement, but a true one nonetheless. If you don’t want to talk to strangers Nite Nurse that is fine but, most people do not rob you. You blame all humanity for the actions of a few. Are you with the government? Because, that is what the government does. You need to spend some time on the rants and raves section of CL. Everyone is friendly and nurturing on that forum. Especially in Philly or NY…

    • bob

      These stupid people should be meeting in public places like the library, bank, police station parking lot, or grocery store.

      • Techno Nerd 3000

        Dave, I don’t think I’m comfortable with the FCC or any government body trampling our civil rights. However, I do agree with you that Craigslist is the three-week-unwashed-anus of the Internet.

      • Ed Garland

        Whenever I make a Craigslist buy a take my 12 gauge shotgun along. I make sure to point it at the seller know that there will be no funny business.

    • john

      “Craigslist, Facebook, and Twitter are beoming the scruge of our society.” But commenting on a website messaging board… TOTALLY different!

    • Checkmoot

      I’ve bought a laptop computer and a used convertible from Graigs List ads. I prefer it to newspaper classified because of the pictures posted with the ad.

    • Marky

      It is obviously major roadways that are the cause of crime. As the story says “It allows the suspects to have easy access away from the location after they commit the offense.”

      We must close all major roadways so we can all be safe and live happily ever after.

      • Robert Brooks

        Great idea! I like the cut of your jib… Also, we should definitely eliminate cash too. Since that’s what these darn robbers seem to be after anyway. Then, we get the phones… I mean, Hey, if the craigslister didn’t (CALL) the robbers; no robbery. Our three ideas alone would probably end crime in the US in a week. ; ) You have to think outside the box sometimes…

    • Wyatt Thompson

      Yeah, and we need to ban guns because they are the cause of crime too. BOTTOM LINE: Instead of trying to ban things, don’t use it if you are scared to.

      • dustin

        bottom line, get a gun and keep it with you in the car , if the thugs see it it could deter them from trying anything

    • Emery

      What an ignorant comment. In the first place Craigslist is very different type of operation that Twitter or Facebook. How can an intelligent person make the comparison? I would agree that Facebook and Twitter have no inherent value but they don’t create criminals. You really think there was no crime before the internet? How idiotic. Grow up.

    • Lucas Temple

      Great point!!!! Cell phones and phone conversations cause people to have problems and can be used to commit crime. Oh, so can mail. Oh…. and I forgot so can talking to people. Lets ban it all!!!!

      You know all those people at each others homes talking over dinner could be plotting some criminal activity. Lets ban that too. Newspapers, Magazines, and even books could be used to commit criminal activity. Lets ban that too.

      Did I miss anything?????

      • Robert Brooks

        You forgot cars, I won’t even expand on that one, the list of crimes committed by cars, would fill the Library of Congress… Also, Reading, because maybe criminals are learning how to commit crime from books and It would stop them from perusing the adds on CL.

    • Hi Mom!

      What’s a scruge?

    • Don

      Outlawing Craigslist would have to include all of the classified ads in the local and national newspapers and the penny saver type fliers that end up in your mailbox. They are the same venue for marketing goods and services.

  • SDZ

    “…the Internet becomes an open window into your world.” LOL. Yeah, like showing the world you’re an illiterate dunce.

    • Dave

      I’m sure you’re more polite, perhaps even reserved, in person. Most internet trashy cowards are.

      • Greg

        So calling an illiterate dunce an illiterate dunce is being an ass? In the real world, that’s called the truth. The world might be a better place if we heard the truth a little more often.

    • Rowdy Boots


      • David

        SDZ wouldn’t have the stones to act in person like the a s s that he is online. That’s another thing the internet does, it allows wussies to pretend that they’re tough guys. Get them face to face and they wouldn’t have more than a word or two to say.

      • SDZ

        You should hear me in person!

      • SDZ

        Really, David? How about you and I meet for coffee this afternoon? Where’s a good place for you?

  • JaneSmith

    NiteNurse may have misspelled a word. But he/she is right on target. Maybe the other commenters have become so corrupted by the Internet, that they have no problem insulting a stranger. Another fallout of the Internet — a lack of etiquette.

  • so it's a different world...

    It’s tiring to listen to the constant yearning for the days when we left our doors unlocked and trusted our neighbors. So it’s a different world now, thanks to lawyers and frivolous lawsuits, and the perverts and crooks they protect. That’s the “success” of all the protests for personal freedoms… the demise o community.

    The only way to combat this is to teach your kids morals AND street smarts. The longer you keep them naive only makes your kids more vulnerable to perverts and hustlers. Give your kids someone they can trust-be a good parent. They’ll be better off than 90% of Americans.

    • John Harper

      The country was 90% White in the 60’s. The 1965 Immigration “Reform” Act REQUIRED 90% non-White immigration, today it’s over 95% non-White because Europe’s allottment is only half Whites today, and that is all dwarfed by illegal immigration, which is 90% mexican. This all coincides with welfare, desegregation, and the ghetto destruction of all our inner cities in the 60’s, too. Notice there’s no mention of the perpetrators’ race in this story? I wonder why.

    • CommonSense

      Morals and street smarts. I couldn’t agree more.

      On that note, here’s how it works when I conduct Craigslist business as a buyer. When I arrive as a buyer I am polite and give them the benefit of the doubt. However, should they elect to produce a weapon as the article suggests, I would return the favor as a gentleman.

      Craigslist is really no different than the classified ads in the paper… and I tend to agree with you – the crimes reflect cultural changes and to blame them on the technology is short sighted.

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  • Rowdy Boots

    I recommend carrying a gun to meet unknown people…maybe they will think twice about attacking an armed person…


    MY BAD!

    • Dave

      I’d rather be an armed “criminal” than a law abiding corpse.

      • Htos1

        Roger that!

      • C Bauer

        Amen to that.

    • Bob

      You can carry a gun in Texas.

  • Jody Cox

    Well said. Substance is more important than style.

    • Boetica

      Let’s hope voters have learned that lesson by 2012.

      • C Bauer

        LOL! Well played!

  • a_patriot

    And the police are doing WHAT to track them down with the EASY trail the crooks leave via Email?

    NOTHING apparently.

    • Techno Nerd 3000

      I won’t tell them HOW to do it, but it’s very easy to hide your identity online, including IP addys.

  • Hank Warren

    This is a pretense to shut down the internet. This is all about limiting Free Speech. After all, censorship is everywhere. The gov’t (and their big business cronies) censor free speech, shut down dissent and ban the book “America Deceived II”. Free speech for all.
    Last link (before Google Books bans it also]:

    • David

      Hey guess what? The majority of the 230 plus years of this country existed WITHOUT the internet and we all got along fine, AND we all enjoyed free speech, it just wasn’t nearly as vile, coarse and nasty as it is in this ” age of enlightenment ” they call the internet age. The truth is, the internet could be shut down tomorrow and there wouldn’t be any fewer 1st Amendment rights as any other generation enjoyed.

    • Dave

      Free Speech ENDS at “fire!” in a crowded theatre that isn’t ablaze. TIme to shut you irresponsible liberals up.

  • Dumb-kids^

    Their both idiotic. Most likely children who have nothing better to do than support excessive internet use. Notice they were quick to challenge the spelling and use acronyms that most people don’t understand. They probably sit at home on the computer and constantly do the new thing they call “trolling”, you know where you bash people for what they say and instead of focusing on facts, point out minor misspellings. They probably dropped out of school with the ultimate goal of becoming a ditch digger. It’s sad really because in reality they most likely work as a pee-on in a retail store and play mindlessly on their game systems that mommy and daddy paid for.

    • SDZ

      THEY’RE – not THEIR, in this case. By the way, I’m college-educated (MBA), and I live very comfortably off a trust fund.

      • John Harper

        Oh, THANK YOU, Spell-checker man. Everyone loves you people who are constantly correcting everyone, as though YOUR the only one who knows the language. And intelligent people misuse words all the time, btw. Do you realize everyone thinks YOUR an insecure loser? Think about it.

      • Michael

        Well, that’s something to be proud of.

      • Finbar

        I think John Harper was being facetious.

      • Tracker3

        YOU’RE – not YOUR…easy mistake though. Since we are having fun spell checking.

    • buddy

      The “pee-on in a retail store” comment is rather judgmental, is it not? I own a retail store and believe that people working at any job deserve respect. You seem kinda like the trolls that you were opining about!

      • Yaspar

        Actually, the word is “peon.” It’s Spanish.

  • Peter in newport

    CraigsList is a waste of time. I put a nice Yamaha for sale and only got 3 responses…from scammers. I used CraigsList for the last 2 1/2 years looking for jobs….probably 450 responses to help wanted ads in there….. 15 return responses, 1/2 of those scams. CraigsList does not ‘police’ it’s own website.

    Craigs List is the bottom of the barrel.

  • handog

    You can Cary a gun in Texas Boots. You are talking about California.

  • handog

    Edit: carry. Just a typo. Hold your fire gramma

  • Michael

    Hank, I just clicked on your site and read the Free Preview of the “infamous 9/11” chapter. It’s just (sub-par) fiction. Where is the fact in tat story?

    Sorry to change subjects.

    I buy off Craigslist all the time, but I always make sure I’m meeting in a populated place, during the day, or if it’s an expensive item, I’m going to someone’s home or they are coming to mine. To do anything else is just silly, and practically asking to be robbed. These kids are so naive and soft, and it’s mostly our (America’s) fault.

    • Jonesey

      A guy in Seattle was murdered in his home by a couple of thugs who answered his craigslist ad. He thought, like you, that he would be safe at home. Be very careful.

      • Mchael

        You’re absolutely right, you have to treat every transaction with extreme caution. The thing is, I only buy stuff off CL that is kind of related to non-violent people, like synthesizers. I would never buy or sell something over $1000 there. But good point. You can’t be too careful.

  • Dave

    That’s it genius, keep inviting those people off Craigslist for high dollar items to YOUR HOME…..hehe….MORON! We’ll see your body in the newspaper…..

    • Michael

      Did I mention anything at all about high-dollar items?

      And I can see who pulls into my driveway before they ever get to the door. I would never let anyone in who wasn’t actually carrying the item in hand and didn’t look suspicious. But thanks for your comment.

      • Michael

        When I said expensive, I’m talking about a $500 keyboard or guitar, something I can see in the person’s hand. It’s just common sense.\ to me what will fly and what won’t. Like calling someone “moron” in all caps. That doesn’t fly.

    • Zef Side

      Aren’t you the tw@t who just insulted someone else for being a trashy coward on the Internet?

  • Peter in newport

    I used to limit my buying to less than $100 for stuff like furniture. Not anymore… Nothing but scammers now

  • ChesterJohn

    they will have to get a search warrant for craiglist and get the ip addresses and see if they can trackthemdown.

    • Techno Nerd 3000

      That’s assuming they didn’t use an onion router. If they did, then it’s more subpoenas and snooping.

  • ray

    So the uninformed want to crack down, regulate Craigslist. What, may I ask, is the difference between placing an ad on CL than the old way of selling or buying of listing an item FS in the newspaper classified ads? Some of you folks need to get a grasp on reality.

  • WuxMoo

    Just make sure you are ALWAYS armed, ALL of the time.


  • James Woods

    Common sense needs a warning now. Maybe we can create a government agency for this.

    • ditchdigger2

      Where would you find a public official that could counsel in common sence. Thier advice would be, give it up, don’t resist, he’s my cousin.

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  • mark Haslem

    Yeah and this robbery thing works the other way as well. Supposing you are selling a high value item like a gold bullion coin. You would want to be very careful. Honestly I think a good place is to meet the person in a bank lobby. There are cameras everywhere, if they are legit they won’t care and if not they won’t want to, big clue not to do business with them.

  • StanSki

    I always pack my 9mm in clear view on my hip (open carry is legal almost everywhere) when I’m conducting a Craiglist deal. Everyone stays honest that way.

  • ditchdigger2

    I have bought on Graigs list, If we don’t now the same folks, I meet them in a busy, public area, daytime, if a residence, tell someone, and don’t go alone. If an apartment, have them come to you. Think.

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