MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police in Eden Prairie are looking for two suspects after a resident placed a Craigslist ad, and was the victim of a robbery by the responding party.
Police say the incident happened back on Dec. 6, 2015. A resident placed an ad on Craigslist, and a person responded by phone to the ad agreeing to meet at the victim’s Eden Prairie residence. A short time later, a man in his 30s showed up at the residence, demanded money and attempted to take the victim’s cell phone.
Police say a second man arrived at the home, and the two men took the resident’s iPad and wallet. The victim’s credit cards were then used in Brooklyn Park.
Mylan Masson is the director of Law Enforcement at Hennepin Technical College and a former Minneapolis Police officer. She says the danger of Craigslist or other online shopping venues is no amount of research can guarantee an accurate background check on a buyer or seller.
“People can give you false names so there’s no real way to check,” she said.
Your best bet is to withhold any personal information like an address. Instead, go to a public place to handle a transaction.
“I would definitely go into a public building,” Masson said. “I wouldn’t do it in a parking lot. I would make sure I had other safe people around me.”
Anyone with information about the incident or who can identify the two men should call the Eden Prairie Police Department at (952) 949-6200.