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Robbers Targeting Would-Be Craigslist Buyers

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police say robbers have been preying on Craigslist users looking to buy coins, jewelry and dirt bikes.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says investigators have linked four cases dating back to August. He says robbers posing as a seller lured would-be buyers to the same spot in Northwest Baltimore, the 3500-block of Callaway Avenue, displayed a gun and stole up to $2,700 in cash from them.

In one case in November, Guglielmi says a robber fired a gun during a struggle with the victim, who was hoping to buy coins. The victim was not injured.

Guglielmi says investigators are looking at several leads.

Police recommend that people looking to buy an item from Craigslist meet the seller in a well-lit, well-populated area and use a cashier’s check.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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