Another Day, Another Craigslist Crime in Irvine
Indeed, it's that ballyhooed safety-ness that had heads shaking about two straight press releases from the Irvine Police Department about recent crimes involving the misuse of craigslist--not to mention a third that involved an undisclosed website.
Yesterday, we brought you the arrest of a San Marcos fellow accused of taking some fellows in Irvine and elsewhere through a craigslist ads offering what turned out to be phony iPhones:
Early Wednesday, Irvine Police detectives arrested two young men who allegedly stole at gunpoint a laptop computer from a man who had put it up for sale on craigslist.
The Huntington Beach resident had arranged to swap the computer for cash Sunday in an Irvine park, but during the transaction the supposed buyer pulled not a wallet from his coat but a handgun. He demanded the laptop and then ran away with it to a waiting car driven by another.
|Photos courtesy of Irvine Police Department|
The driver was later stopped by the detectives. Officers from the California Highway Patrol and Orange County Sheriff's Department searched for the guy on foot. He later turned up in the women's restroom of a local restaurant, according to Irvine police.
Police say they recovered a black replica handgun in the getaway car. The laptop had already been sold to someone in Yorba Linda, but it was later recovered and returned to the Huntington Beach man.