YPSILANTI, MI – The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of Craigslist related armed robberies that occurred in Ypsilanti Township between December 28th, 2014 and January 20th, 2015.
In all three incidents the victim posted a “wanted” ad and was attempting to purchase items. The suspect would arrange for the meeting to take place in a residential area and once out of sight he would produce his weapon and demand money. Once he was given the money the suspect fled on foot to a nearby vehicle. No one was physically injured.
-Approximately 6’1″ – 6’4″
-In one incident he was described as “muscular”
On 12/28/14 in the 5800 block of Big Pine Court in Ypsilanti Township the victim was attempting to purchase a pool table. When the suspect arrived he produced a handgun and demanded the money.
On 12/28/14 in the 1300 block of Harry Street in Ypsilanti Township the victim was attempting to purchase a scrap vehicle. When the suspect arrived he produced a handgun and demanded the money.
On 1/20/15 in the 5500 block of High Ridge in Ypsilanti Township the victim was attempting to purchase a chainsaw. When the suspect arrived he produced a knife and demanded the money.
If you have any information pertaining to these crimes please call the W.C.S.O. Confidential Tip line at (734) 973-7711 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP.
If you are planning to sell/buy items through an online service such as Craigslist here are a few things to consider;
1. Do not give out your home address or personal information
2. Arrange to meet in a public place. Meeting in the parking lot of a police station is a great option
3. Always bring a friend along with you
4. Stick with local buyers or sellers if possible. Out of area customers can be a red flag
5. Ask about the details of an item or to see pictures prior to arranging the meeting
And always remember, if you have a suspicious feeling or “it just doesn’t feel right”, don’t go. If you’re already there, leave.