Police: Teens Rob Man at Gunpoint During Craigslist Transaction
Two teens steal a dirt bike from a man at gun point after coordinating a transaction online, police say.
A man was robbed at gunpoint in Brooklyn Park on Thursday night after meeting with someone who agreed to purchase a dirt bike posted on Craigslist, according to Anne Arundel County police.
Shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, at a residence on the 100 block of Zeppelin Avenue, the victim met with a teenage boy who said he wanted to buy a Honda dirt bike advertised on the Craigslist website. The victim unloaded the dirt bike from his vehicle as they discussed the transaction.
A second suspect approached them and asked if he could take the dirt bike for a test drive, according to police. The victim said he would first need the money for the bike, and one of the suspects reportedly entered a nearby residence, saying he was bringing the agreed cash.
The suspect returned from the residence displaying a handgun and demanded the bike, according to police. Both suspects took the bike and were last seen pushing it up the road.
Arriving officers searched the immediate area, but failed to locate the suspects and the dirt bike. Police described both of the suspects as teenagers.
AACPD offered this tip to anyone planning a transaction with someone they met online:
Prior to conducting a transaction, obtain and confirm a name and telephone number from the seller. When responding to a location to purchase an online item from a seller, park in a high traffic area such as a shopping center, preferably during daylight hours, and have an adult witnesses accompany you to the location.
If you have any information about this incident, please contact eastern district detectives at 410-222-6145. Or you may contact Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7LOCKUP or text “MCS" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Phone calls are not recorded and callers remain anonymous.