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Local robbery linked to Craig’s List
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TRINITY – Area residents were being warned to “use caution” when making Internet purchases after an armed robbery on Saturday was linked to the Craig’s List website. According to Trinity Police Sgt. Randy Wheeler, two New Waverly men traveled to Trinity on Saturday to meet up with a Craig’s List seller, only to have their $650 in cash, cell phones and a rifle stolen from them at gunpoint. “The two guys from New Waverly had been in contact with a seller who supposedly lived in Crockett and agreed to make a purchase,” Wheeler said, adding the two parties decided to meet in Trinity to close the deal. Wheeler said the sale reportedly involved stereo equipment and the parking lot of the Trinity Brookshire Brothers grocery store was designated as the meeting place. Once the two New Waverly “buyers” arrived just after dark Saturday, they met up with three Black men in the parking lot and the trio of “sellers” suggested they go to another location. “They ended up on a dark road in the Industrial Park area on the south side of town,” Wheeler said. “When they got out of their cars, one of the New Waverly men ended up with a gun in his back.” The armed trio of “sellers” proceeded to take the money and cell phones from the New Waverly men as well as a rifle from their vehicle. “The armed men then took the New Waverly guys’ car keys and threw them into the bushes before taking off,” Wheeler said. Wheeler cautioned all area residents to exercise caution when making Internet purchases of this type. “Craig’s List has a number of warnings posted on their site concerning fraud and people need to be aware that this type of activity does take place,” he said.