Craigslist deal ends in robbery for Chilliwack man

What he thought was a conclusion to a successful sale ended in an assault and armed robbery.

A good deal turned bad for a Chilliwack man Thursday.

What he thought was a conclusion to a successful sale ended in an assault and armed robbery.

The victim had posted several items for sale on a popular free classified website. On Dec. 5 at about 10:45 p.m. he went to a Yale Road coffee shop to complete the deal.

As he waited in the parking lot, he was grabbed from behind by two men wearing balaclavas.

The first man grabbed and held the victim while the second man produced a knife and demanded the victim’s wallet. . The first man grabbed the victim’s wallet and took the money in it.  The victim was then punched in the face and stomach. The two men then left the area. The second man, who produced a knife, is described as 6 feet tall and weighing approximately 200 pounds.

The victim had advertised his items on Craigslist, but RCMP spokesman Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen said any social media site deserves caution.

“ We are cautioning the general public to use care when arranging to sell items privately through social media websites,” said vanNieuwenhuizen. “The victim had thought that this was a legitimate transaction”.

Some personal safety strategies for social media sales, for both buyer and seller, are that they should confirm the identity of the other party, transactions should not be done alone, and conducted in a safe and known environment.

The Chilliwack RCMP are asking the assistance of the general public in resolving this investigation. Anyone having information are asked to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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