Craigslist ad for iPhone leads to another armed robbery in Oak Park

Elmwood Park teenager and friend robbed of three phones

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By Jean Lotus

Staff Reporter

A listing for an iPhone for sale on Craigslist resulted in an armed robbery around 10:30 p.m., March 31, in the 1100 block of Pleasant, Oak Park police said.

According to police, a 17-year-old from Elmwood Park, listed his iPhone for sale on Craigslist last week. He was contacted by a purported buyer and suggested they meet near an Oak Park friend's home near the Pleasant Street address that night.

A male offender, said to be in his 20s, and a second man met the juvenile and his friend in Oak Park, said Detective Sergeant Mike Richardson.

"The offender shows up and asks, 'Can I see the phone?'" Richardson said. "The victim handed over the white phone. The victim asked him, "Have you got the money? And the offender [allegedly] said, 'No, but I've got this,' and displayed a handgun."

According to reports, the armed man told both victims to turn around and searched their pockets, taking the victim's car keys and a gray Galaxy S phone and removing the friend's black HTC phone. The offender entered a black sedan which fled northbound on Maple and the second male entered the front passenger seat of a brown Honda Civic, which then fled. The victims estimated the loss of the three phones at $1,100.

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joe from south oak park  

Posted: April 2nd, 2013 3:18 PM

Muntz maybe that should be made a law. it would make about as much sense as some of our other laws. for instance our bicycle registration, front wheel amber reflector, rear wheel red reflector, horn, front light and rear light or reflector law. I don't think I've ever seen a legal bicycle in Oak Park. Point being that if laws are not enforced they are not followed. OPD can do a great job at catching robbers but when they are back out on the street in a couple months, it's game on again.


Posted: April 2nd, 2013 1:51 PM

All used iPhone sales in OPFR can only be transacted in OPRF currency...copper downspouts.

The Real Slim Shady from Chi-Town  

Posted: April 2nd, 2013 1:16 PM

anyone wantz to buyz sum iphonez? bring cash to da darkest alley in Austin. see u there sucka!

Violet Aura  

Posted: April 2nd, 2013 12:17 PM

Sorry Bridgett...I might have come across like I was being critical of you. I guess I just want to bring it back to the point at hand, which is that it's always good to be wary about CL meetups.

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: April 2nd, 2013 12:07 PM

V.A, I almost started my comment with a clarification that I wasn't blaming the victim, but then I thought it wouldn't be necessary.

Violet Aura  

Posted: April 2nd, 2013 11:45 AM

@Bridgett: So it makes you feel better to blame the victim for choosing that time of night? Do you not know that there are armed robberies in daylight? Being alert at all times is important. Also, if you buy iPhones from Craigslist, you are part of the problem when it comes to crime. Why don't the cops peruse the ads and call these characters and maybe we'll nab more thieves this way. If you do buy something legit off CL, meet at Charbuck'$!


Posted: April 2nd, 2013 11:37 AM

Hey Stupid, there's your answer below, there is a description, just not here. It doesn't take a cop to know that not 1 but 2 victims getting robbed in a situation where it's longer that an assault and run, is much more likely to retain descriptions of criminals. But I suppose you'd wouldn't know that.

Hey really, breathtakingly stupid (AKA Violet Aura)  

Posted: April 2nd, 2013 11:31 AM

Oh and for those curious about the first perp's description? <<The offender is described as a black man, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds and wearing a black skull cap, black sweater and red pants.>> This lack of info is not just irritating but egregious.

Hey Really, Really Stupid  

Posted: April 2nd, 2013 11:28 AM

Um...they did have a decription of at least one perp in the latest ARMED robbery: <<The first man is described as a black male between 20 and 25, 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds with dreadlocks and a gray jacket with red stripes. There was no further description available for the second man.>> Courtesy of The Patch, that racist online rag!

Hey Stupid  

Posted: April 2nd, 2013 10:39 AM

Descriptions are used to help identify people. Could it be possible that they only had a vague description that everyone walking down the street matches? Of course you don't believe that. How long have you been a cop? Oh yeah...that's right. Nevermind...

PSA from Blackberry  

Posted: April 2nd, 2013 10:30 AM

Save your them a Blackberry.

flip phone johnny from RF  

Posted: April 2nd, 2013 8:07 AM

How are the victims being contacted on craigslist? don't you have to either contact the seller by either email or phone. It should be pretty easy to catch the scumbag that is involved.

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: April 2nd, 2013 4:18 AM

It was an Elmwood Park teenager, who chose to set up the meeting in Oak Park, late at night, on a dimly lit street. I live very close from Maple and Pleasant, and I wouldn't be meeting anyone from Craigslist under those circumstances. Really unwise choices. I'm grateful no one got hurt.


Posted: April 2nd, 2013 2:41 AM

OP Rez, The point you seem to miss is that someone is trying to sell something, only to be met by criminals with guns pretending to be buyers. Regardless of whether the iphone is stolen or not, or if it's a Garmin or (insert desirable object here), criminals with guns are the far more troubling thing here.

Really from OP  

Posted: April 1st, 2013 10:26 PM

Really OP Rez? That's your assessment. I've sold old iPhones after obtaining a new one. The most recent prior model will sell for well over $100 - they were my old phone, not stolen. Someone selling an old phone must have stolen it? Thanks for keeping the tradition of dumb news comments going strong... Humans are doomed.

OP Rez  

Posted: April 1st, 2013 10:07 PM

Sorry this is happening but really why are people selling/buying iphones? Especially since I don't see any great bargains happening here. Anyone selling is probably getting rid of stolen property.


Posted: April 1st, 2013 9:05 PM

Any descriptions of these dangerous armed criminals? Of course not, why would we need those?


Posted: April 1st, 2013 9:03 PM

This is becoming an Oak Park tradition. Maybe we should officialize it as an annual event by calling it "iphone armed robbery month".

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