Craigslist iPhone Buyer Robbed In Concord

CONCORD (CBS SF) – A San Francisco resident who responded to a Craigslist ad from someone claiming to be selling an iPhone was robbed at gunpoint in Concord early Wednesday morning, Concord police Cpl. James Carroll said.

The victim reported the robbery shortly after 1:10 a.m.

He told officers he had arranged to meet the man purporting to beselling the iPhone at an apartment complex at 1521 Mendocino Drive and went to the area with two friends, Carroll said.

Instead of selling him the phone, the suspect robbed the victim at gunpoint of about $440 and then fled through the apartment complex.

The robber was described as a black man in his 20s about 6 feet tall with a thin build. He had a mole under one eye and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, Carroll said.

Officers searched the area, but didn’t find the suspect.

The victim’s friends were not robbed.

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One Comment

  1. Kev says:

    It’s kind of weird that he got robbed and his friend’s didn’t, maybe a set up? Because if the person had a gun, he could easily rob all 3 unless the cops came.

  2. Sympathies to the victim, hopefully the perpetrator will soon be caught. Bringing two friends along was a good idea however, it might have been better to meet in a more public place (say the library or a cafe) during daylight hours. You really don’t know who’s lurking out there on Craigslist.

  3. JimmyD says:

    It was reported at 1:10AM?? What time was the exchange of cash for goods suppose to take place? Sorry this happened but if I’m meeting someone to buy or sell… it won’t be in the middle of the night.

  4. Rajiv says:

    the robbery was reported at 1:10 I guess it happenned at midnight..
    hmm..makes you think why would you transact at this unearthly hour..

    better safe than sorry ..and use commonsense..

  5. hahahhaaa says:

    seriously!? why would anyone in the right mind would agree to any type of transaction at 1AM?

  6. TV says:

    Lesson for all, not to meet anywhere non-public during off-hours.
    Sorry, but the victim should be cited for careless stupidity!

    1. Carl says:

      True he was being careless. But to say he should be “cited” is stupid.

  7. THANH says:

    I bought several time on craiglist. I follow the rule to protect me:

    – Set up meeting at public place.
    – I never bring cash with me.
    – Ask them to show the goods, if it is OK then I go with them
    to the nearby bank to withdraw cash.
    (Usually I get the bank open, or always daytime for ATM)
    – Ask them for a receipt, and camera their license plate,
    and/or themselves.

  8. Michael says:

    Never make a deal on Craigslist unless you ask for problem. Should buy on Ebay!!!

    1. Danny says:

      “Never make a deal on Craigslist unless you ask for problem.” – That doesn’t make sense. You’re saying not do deal with Craigslist unless you ask for a problem? – “Should buy on Ebay!!!” – Yea like eBay doesn’t have scams. Sure you won’t get robbed at gun point, but you won’t be free of other stuff.

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