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Police: Craigslist thieves lured victims with fake iPhones

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

A trio of suspected Craigslist thieves are behind bars in Raleigh, accused of posting fake iPhone ads and then robbing their victims at gunpoint.

Raleigh Police arrested Aaron Roberts, Trevejuan McDonald and Mikhayel Ellisted. Authorities say they got away with thousands of dollars in cash, a paycheck, debit cards and multiple smartphones. One victim also reported being assaulted.

Police say the men would post an ad on Craigslist listing an iPhone for sale, then ask the potential buyers to meet them at semi-public places in the dark of night. All of the crimes happened after 10 p.m.  One of them happened as late as 1 a.m. They happened in various parking lots around North Raleigh, including a strip mall near Triangle Town Center, outside a Sam's Club store and a gas station on New Hope Church Road.

People in Raleigh we spoke with were surprised to hear about the crimes.
     
"It's unfortunate that these things are going on, but it doesn't seem safe to do anything like that," Shaun Robinson said.

Richardson says he if buys something on Craigslist, it will be during the day.

"It's really a no brainer to me," Richardson said. "You know, if you're going to meet somewhere in the parking lot all secluded...there's a reason why I think they want you to be secluded so I think that should be a red flag."

Police say if you buy or sell anything on Craigslist, meet the person in the daylight, in public and around other people. They also say you should bring a friend and a cell phone. Don't invite people to your home and if a price sounds too good to be true, it could be stolen or a setup.

Derick Waller

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