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Craiglist robbery victim has message for crooks

By: Cheryl Glassford Email
By: Cheryl Glassford Email

"I got a wife and kids to come home to," said Max Meyko, "God bring me home, that's all I want."

His family was all he could think of while he was being robbed.

Meyko had come to a parking lot off Laredo Drive in Lexington, after someone called him about his iPad for-sale ad on craigslist.

It was the type of meeting the Nicholasville car-lot owner has done without problems many times before.

"Probably 80 percent of all our business comes from the internet," said Meyko.

He had no idea this time would be different.

The original meeting place was supposed to be at Brannon Crossing, a busy shopping center - until the robbers made up an excuse and changed the location.

"Said that they couldn't bring their kids with them because another party in their house had taken the car seat with her," said Meyko.

Assuming the man was telling the truth, Meyko came to the Fairington of Lexington apartment complex, where the supposed buyer said he lived.

When Meyko arrived in the parking lot, the man walked up and asked to see the iPad. That's when another man walked up, pulled out a gun, and pointed it at Meyko's side.

"I was thinking, it's not worth losing my life over this," said Meyko.

The robbers got away with his money, cell phone, and the iPad.

As police continue to search for the two men, Meyko says he's offering a $500 cash reward for information that leads to their arrest.
And he has a message for the robbers.

"You will get caught - it's just a matter of time," said Meyko, "you don't want to get real job, you want to target people that work hard for their money."

He says next time he sells something on craigslist, he won't be as trusting.

Lexington police offer these tips to those who purchase or sell items on craigslist:

1. Meet in a public, well-lit place to make the business transaction.
2. Don’t do business with someone who is not willing to meet in a public place
3. Do not invite a stranger to your home, or go to a strangers house to perform an online related business transaction.

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