Craigslist goods lure Atlanta man into Macon armed robbery

lfabian@macon.comFebruary 20, 2014 

An Atlanta man looking to buy wedding rings advertised on Craigslist faced a gun instead in a Macon holdup.

The victim told Bibb County deputies he arranged to meet the seller at Rocky Creek Road and Pio Nono Avenue but realized the man didn’t have the same rings as advertised, according to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

The seller’s accomplice pulled a gun and demanded money, and they took off with the cash just after 1:20 p.m. Thursday.

The suspects were seen leaving in a 1980s Toyota Camry from behind a parking lot near the Titlemax at 4121 Pio Nono Ave. The car, which had damage on the driver’s side, was headed toward Houston Avenue on Rocky Creek Road.

The robbers are described as two black males in their mid to late 20s who were about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds and wearing dreadlocks. One was wearing a multi-colored polo shirt and jeans, and the other had on a white shirt and blue jeans, a lookout stated.

Anyone with information is asked to call Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at 877-68-CRIME.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office urges everyone to use caution and not to fall for offers that seem too good to be true.

Thursday, deputies offered some tips when shopping on the Internet.

• Always check out the seller’s information. Ask for a phone number and address before arranging a meeting place.

• Ask as many questions as you can before going to buy the item. If the sellers can’t answer them, there is a good chance they don’t have the item they claim to be selling.

• Don’t buy from sellers who list only an email address.

• Don’t go alone, and meet in a public, well-lit place like a coffee shop or café to ensure your safety. Don’t ever go to a second location.

• Show up early and scope out the area. Trust your instincts, and leave if something seems out of place.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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