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Posted in Misc Crime February 2nd, 2009 @ 9:27 am

Many of us have used Craigslist to buy or sell items. Most transactions are successful, but a 15-year-old Colorado boy wasn’t so fortunate.

Chris Anglin put his Xbox 360 up for sale on Craigslist. He got a buyer who was to meet him to complete the transaction. Unfortunately, when the buyer met with Chris Anglin he demanded that the boy get into his car. The boy ignored his request, but when the buyer pulled a gun, the boy wisely gave him the Xbox 360 and his cell phone. No money transaction ever took place. This low-life thief stole the boy’s Xbox and cell phone.

A similar incident happened later that night in a Sam’s parking lot with another seller. However, this time the thief had an accomplice in the car and the seller just gave him up his Wii. Fortunately, Denver police arrested the thief but his accomplice got away.

It seems both the boy and the other seller did the right thing. They meet the would-be buyer in a public place, but didn’t plan on the buyer bringing a gun to the transaction. Two lessons learned here are – stay alert and just give a thief what he wants. Your life is worth more than an Xbox or a Wii.

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