Classifieds crime blotter 12/5/2017

Classifieds crime blotter 12/5/2017

Apartment Manager Finds Stolen Fridge For Sale On Craigslist:
(Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Craigslist)

Home rental scam steals mom’s Christmas money:
(Cincinnati, Ohio, Craigslist)

Lehigh Valley police discover nationwide sex trafficking ring including cities like Chicago, San Diego and more:
(Pennsylvania, Backpage)

El Paso men charged after stolen cellphone shows up on selling/purchasing app:
(Texas, Craigslist and OfferUp)

Couple warns rental scam has resurfaced in Central Maine with new twist:
(Craigslist)

Rental scam ruins vacation in Naples:
(Florida, Craigslist)

Officials warn public of online rental scams:
(Moorpark, California, Craigslist)

Huntsville police warn about ‘movie money’ counterfeit bills:
(Alabama, Craigslist)

Police: Stranger harasses woman with threatening texts, negative Craigslist ad:
(St. Louis, Missouri, Craigslist)

What to do when your stuff is stolen

In the past year one of the most common questions I get is “My (insert name of item here) has been stolen and placed on craigslist. What do I do?” That answer is a very simple one. Call your local police and enlist their help.

I know there have been stories on here where citizens have taken matters into their own hands and have been successful in getting their stuff back but I do not recommend that. It only takes a split second for a situation like that to turn into a tragic one.

Please leave law enforcement in the hands of professionals.

One media outlet picks up on craigslist crime spree

Craigslist Criminals: The Site’s New Danger:

Finally someone in the media recognizes the dangers of craigslist.

PORTLAND- Craigslist, the fee-free website based out of San Francisco, allows users to post items they wish to buy and sell without providing identification, a policy that is beginning to cause problems.

Portland Police say thieves are using the site to sell stolen goods. They warn: if the price is too good to be true, it probably is.

Myles Wright has been searching for the thief who stole his $4,000 handmade trailer. Someone took it from his yard several months ago. Wright had been checking Craigslist to see if anyone was trying to sell his trailer and networking with others selling trailers to see if they had any information.

His research paid off. Police arrested Forrest Green in connection with the theft. Green has allegedly been stealing trailers and using Craigslist to sell them. Wright’s trailer has not yet been recovered.

Except they’re only scratching the surface. Stolen goods are only the tip of the iceberg. Let’s not leave out prostitution, rape, child molestation, robbery, and drug pushers.