09-06-10 Man reports being robbed when responding to Internet
Boise, Sept. 6, 2010, 11:00 p.m. - Boise
Police are investigating after a man reports being robbed by three
men after he responded to an ad off Craigslist.
What Happened:Boise Police were called
tonight at 9:28 p.m. by a man who says he was robbed when he showed
up to buy an iPad that was listed for sale on the Internet site
Criaglist. The Nampa man tells officers he had been communicating
with the "seller" via e-mail for the past couple days when he was
asked to show up tonight with several hundred dollars cash to buy
the iPad. The victim says he was asked to meet the seller on the
street on Lakeharbor Ln just off the 5000 blk of W. State Street
near an apartment complex.
Officers are told by the victim that he
arrived at the agreed upon location and parked and soon saw a young
man walk toward him. The victim says when the man got a few feet
away, two other men quickly showed up behind the first, both
carrying handguns. The three men demanded the victim's cash and his
cell phone. The victim says he last saw the men run toward the
The area where the crime reportedly
occurred is very dark and dimly lit. The victim was able to get to
a nearby business to call police.
Suspect descriptions:The first suspect
(the young man who first walked up to the victim) is described as a
light-skinned, young looking male who appeared to be in his late
teens or early 20's, 5'6" - 5'7" tall, medium build, no facial
hair, wearing a black hoodie.
The other two suspects are also
described as light-skinned, young-looking males who appeared to be
in their late teens or early 20's. They both appeared taller than
the first suspect, 5'8" - 5'10" tall with grey scarves oves.
Anyone with any information is urged to
call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS or log onto www.343cops.com, or
text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236.
Boise Police suggest the following for
safety when buying items over Craigslist or other Internet
- Bring another person along when buying from an unknown
- Meet in a brightly lit, crowded public place for smaller
- Unless absolutely necessary, do not agree to meet the seller at
your home or their home.
- Keep records of the sellers name, phone number, and e-mail