Man robbed after advertising items for sale on Craigslist

jkegley@herald-leader.comOctober 22, 2010 

Lexington police have issued a warning to use caution when selling items on Craigslist.org after a man was robbed Tuesday in Lexington.

Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said the robbery was one of three or four this year that police think were organized through the Web site, where people can anonymously list items for sale or trade.

About 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, police were called to an apartment complex parking lot on the 3500 block of Laredo Drive. The victim told them he had advertised some items for sale on Craigslist and had driven to the complex to meet the buyer, Roberts said.

When he arrived, two men robbed him at gunpoint of several items. Roberts said the men got away with an iPad tablet computer, an iPhone and an iPod MP3 player and the victim's wallet. It wasn't immediately clear which of the items the man meant to sell.

Roberts said Craigslist sellers should agree to meet their buyers in busy, well-lit places during daylight hours.

"Don't go to people's homes or secluded areas," Roberts said. "If someone is not willing to meet you in a public place ... then you should not do business with that person."

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