Teen robbed by Craigslist thief
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A family fell victim to a dirty transaction after posting an advertisement on Craigslist to sell a dirt bike. They posted the ad and went to meet up with the so-called buyer, but he robbed them blind instead.
The Craigslist crook targeted a teenager. "He told me he was gonna give me $2,700 cash for it," said Bryce Arzabe.
The 15-year-old posted an ad on Craigslist to sell his 2004 Suzuki RMZ-450 dirt bike so that he could save up for a car. "He got my number from a Craigslist post," said Arzabe, "and he told me he wanted to buy my bike, so we brought it down to Miami for him to look at it."
Bryce and his family loaded up the bike on the back of their SUV and met at a house the thief claimed to be his. They then went to a parking lot at Gloria Floyd Elementary in Southwest Miami-Dade to make the transaction. "He jumped on it and started it," said Arzabe, "and then he was test driving it around. We were in the school parking lot, and he drove it around twice, and then he went into the street and just took off and just didn't see him since."
Now, the alleged robber's phone is off, and they discovered his address was phony. "He was about five-foot-nine, 170 pounds," said Arzabe. "He was light skinned and had dark brown curly hair."
This isn't the first time an on-line sale has gone wrong. A US Marine Corps veteran was shot in Deerfield Beach in December 2011 after two men robbed him of a gold chain he was trying to sell.
Now the teen is offering a $500 reward on Craigslist in hopes of getting some justice.
If you have any information on this crime, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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