City of Sacramento Police Department

SAMUEL D. SOMERS JR.
Chief of Police
5770 Freeport Blvd., Suite 100
Sacramento, CA  95822-3516

(916) 808-0800
Fax : (916) 808-0818
www.sacpd.org

MEDIA ADVISORY/PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release No. 20110521-089
Saturday, May 21, 2011

Craigslist Ad for TV Results in Robberies

The Sacramento Police Department is warning the community of a Craigslist ad that lures victims to a location to be robbed.

Over the last week, the police responded to three robberies that occurred in the 3000 block of Altos Avenue (near Acacia Avenue). In two of the robberies, the victims answered an ad placed on Craigslist for a television.  The victims were directed to meet on Altos near Acacia Avenue in North Sacramento.  When the victim met the suspect(s), they were robbed.  In the third robbery, the victim gave the suspects a ride home from the Roseville area over to Altos Avenue when he was robbed at gunpoint. 

The suspects involved in the various robberies are described as follows:

#1- male Black, 20's, 6'0, larger build, (primary robber)

#2- male Hispanic or Black, 5'6-5'8, thin build (primary robber)

#3- male Black, 20's, 5'8-5'10, 150-160 lbs (set up robbery victim)

#4- female Black, 20's, 5'4, 110-120 lbs (set up robbery victim)

The Police Department wants to remind the community of the following when arranging to meet for online purchases:

  • Meet in a public spot preferably where there are surveillance cameras or a larger number of witnesses around
  • Do not bring cash with you
  • Do not allow the seller into your vehicle

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information.  Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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