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HPD: Craigslist scam may be linked to organized crime ring

HPD: Craigslist scam may be linked to organized crime ring

Credit: HPD

If you recognize this man, call the Houston police.

by Michelle Homer

khou.com

Posted on May 31, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Updated Thursday, May 31 at 4:09 PM

HOUSTON – Houston police have released a sketch of a suspect who may be robbing people after meeting them on Craigslist.

The suspect is wanted in an April robbery in the Midtown area.

Police say he answered a Craigslist ad for a cell phone. The seller, a woman, met him in a parking lot in the 200 block of West Gray in the middle of the day.

As the suspect approached her vehicle on foot, the woman rolled down her window and he handed her a bank envelope.

She was about to open it, when the suspect reached through the window and grabbed the cell phone from her lap.

He fled the scene into a nearby apartment complex. The envelope was empty. 

Investigators believe the suspect is part of an organized criminal group of technology-savvy suspects who target their victims through Craigslist and other social media.

Anyone with information in this case or on the identity of the suspect is urged to contact the HPD Major Offenders Division at 713-308-3100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. 

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