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Tuesday, 08 April 2014 15:34

Craigslist ad leads police to stolen car

St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - St. Louis County Police say a Craigslist post led them to a car thief.

 

Court documents indicate that a car owner reported that she started her car during a cold day in March and left it running with the keys inside and the doors unlocked. A few minutes later, the woman said she walked outside and the car was gone. Police say they traced the car to an ad on Craigslist.

 

21-year-old Aubrey Watkins is being held in connection to the theft. Police say Watkins said he bought the car from a friend and knew it was stolen. 

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Police in Collinsville are asking for help to solve a series of robberies.

 

The suspects lure victims using a deal on Craigslist and then beat and rob the victims. Police say the most recent crime was on Tuesday night. The victim told officers he was responding to a post for a TV for sale. When the victim walked into the apartment, someone in a ski mask hit the victim with a bat and stole his money.

 

A similar robbery occurred at the same apartment building just two days earlier. No one was injured in that case. No suspects are in custody.

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A St. Louis man is behind bars after he allegedly tried to sell stolen items on Craigslist.

KMOV reports that Michael Perez allegedly broke into a pair of cars in Wildwood on Sunday. One of the victims called police after he saw what he believed was his radar jammer for sale on Craigslist. The man set up a meeting with Perez and when Perez arrived for the sale, police arrested him. Officers say they determine the radar detector had been stolen.

A search of the suspect's home revealed other stolen property including cash, jewelry and electronics. Perez now faces multiple charges related to the thefts. 

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   A robbery near Belleville in which the victim was pistol whipped is prompting a warning from Metro-east authorities about the dangers of online sales.  

   St. Clair County Sheriff Richard Watson says a woman and her boyfriend were robbed at gun point in the parking lot of the Bradford Place Apartments.  They were lured there by someone who'd advertised an iPhone for sale on Craigslist.  

   Two teens, one with a gun, stole the couple's cash and a cell phone.  One of the teens struck the woman in the head with a handgun.  

   One of the suspects is identified as 17 yr. old Trevon Yates of East St. Louis.  The other is a juvenile, identified only as a 16 yr. old male. Both teens are now in custody and facing felony charges. 

   Sheriff Watson is reminding the public to use extreme caution when buying and selling things online and only meet strangers in a well-lit, public place.    

 
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A Maplewood man is headed to prison for offering a reward to anyone who killed Maplewood Police Officers.

William Lawrence first came to the attention of authorities in February of 2012. Officers responded to a call and arrested him. During the incident, officers discovered marijuana plants and firearms in his apartment. After being released, Lawrence repeatedly demanded his firearms be returned, but police were holding them as evidence.

Frustrated, Lawrence then placed an ad on Craigslist that offered $1 million to anyone who murdered an officer. Lawrence will spend six years behind bars.

 

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Three suspects are now in custody connected to the so-called Craigslist assault from last month.

A father and son showed up in North St. Louis to buy an SUV they saw an ad for on Craigslist. When the men arrived, they were robbed at gunpoint. 19-year-old James McConnell is the most recent suspect charged for stealing $2,500 from the family members.

Devion Russell, Christopher Duffy, and McConnell all faces multiple charges, including robbery and assault. 

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities have arrested two men suspected of shooting a St. Louis man after he answered a Craigslist ad about a car.

 

Officers arrested the men Thursday, one day after the shooting happened.

 

The victim saw an ad for a used car on Craigslist and went to the city's north side to look at it. Police say two men approached his car as he pulled up to the home. One of the men began firing shots into the victim's vehicle.

 

The victim was able to drive to an auto parts store to get help. He was shot several times. Two people who were in the car with him weren't injured.

 

Police Chief Sam Dotson urged people "to always use caution when conducting business online."

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