Man robbed after Craigslist meeting

Monday, November 25, 2013 | 4:22 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A Jefferson City man was the victim of a strong-armed robbery Sunday night after making arrangements through Craigslist to buy a cell phone. 

The victim, whom police would identify only as a 23-year-old man, agreed to meet two men outside of the Broadway Village Apartments at 21 Broadway Village to buy a  phone, said Officer Latisha Stroer, public information officer for the Columbia Police Department.

The two men assaulted the victim and took his phone, wallet and money, she said. 

The two men left on foot. Columbia Police pursued them using a K-9 unit but were unsuccessful.

The first suspect was described as about 19 years old, around 5-foot-5-inches tall and 125 pounds. There was no description of the second suspect.

Stroer advised that anyone attempting to buy or sell items over Craigslist should meet with strangers inside a public place, such as a restaurant or shopping center. 

Supervising editor is Katherine Reed.


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Michael Williams November 25, 2013 | 12:51 p.m.

Perhaps I'm naive with electronics, but why buy someone else's cell phone?

Can they be reprogrammed to another carrier?

Or is this an effort to purchase a stolen phone?

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