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Police: Increase in Craigslist crimes

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

It's an easy place to buy or sell a product but today Lexington Police say they're concerned that criminals are using Craigslist to target unsuspecting victims.

"We're seeing an increase in the robberies done thru the use of Craigslist," explains Sgt. Pete Ford of the Lexington Police, "and with a lot of these robberies we're seeing the use of handguns and excessive force. That is what is really concerning us, eventually someone is going to get hurt."

Police tell us that the criminals use fake ads to spark a buyer or sellers interest. Once a potential prospect is secured, the criminal sets up up a meeting time and place, usually in a secluded area. When both parties show up police say that's when the crime occurs.

Last month we told you about a woman who was robbed at gun point after meeting up with a Craigslist seller to buy a car.
Just one of the many stories that have Lexington concerned.

"we want to remind everybody to meet in a public place," explains Lexington Police Ann Gutierrez, "take a cell phone with you if something goes wrong and just trust your gut, we all have that feeling inside for a reason, listen to it."

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