Chicago police seek suspects targeting Craigslist sellers

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Police are seeking two men who posed as buyers on Craigslist, and when they meet their victims, instead of selling, they're stealing.

Police say someone is using the online classified ads website to prey on unsuspecting people attempting to sell high-end electronics.

Detectives say there have been two recent incidents, both occurring on the same night.
The first occurred in Albany Park in the 3100 block of West Lawrence and the other about an hour later in the 3900 block of Western.

Police say in both cases the victim had placed an iPhone or an Apple Watch on Craigslist for sale.

Police say the suspects contacted the victims and arranged a meeting.  When the sellers showed up, the suspects punched them and grabbed the Apple products.

Police say the victims described the suspects as two black men in their 20s.

Police offer these tips to stay safe when using Craigslist:

  • Be cautious when buying/selling online
  • Use police station lobby as meeting place
  • Keep all emails, phone numbers and addresses
  • Reports suspicious people

Some suburban police departments like the one in Naperville, have dedicated their lobbies as safety zones where you can meet people and have the transaction in a safe place.

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2 comments

  • bon

    next time go with your glock. or. the cops themselves should respond to these ads. specially in those areas. That might make sense.

  • lisamissyann

    Also you can “grill them” by email relay ( where do you work? ) meet in the lobby of your office bldg (security guard post or an intimidating door attendant) . And aside from the muggers; its the SAME child predators with the same high-end sneakers for free or an obivious name bait. Or the items displayed in a creepy urine stained basement floor…pics are a big giveaway of what you’re dealing with–the environment, dwelling, eyesores, weirdness, not replying yet ad is repetitive (cruising) in the wrong dept..and yes,, do make friends with your police dept. !!!