2 men accused of robbing victim answering bogus Craigslist ad

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by Lauren Trager / News 4 | @LaurenTrager

KMOV.com

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 11 at 6:28 AM

 (KMOV) -- One man, thinking he was going to buy a car, actually ended up being a victim of the latest Craigslist scam.

Police say the man saw an ad on Craigslist, but instead ended up with a gun in his face.

St. Louis police are still hunting down suspects they say took a man for every dollar of hard-earned cash he’d saved to buy a car.

“You are kind of a marked person from the get-go” said Ed Postawko, with the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office.

Prosecutors say Lester Smith and Cameron Taylor hatched a plan and created a bogus Craigslist ad claiming to be selling a car.

They allegedly told the unsuspecting victim to meet downtown for a test drive. He got inside a car with two other guys, who put a gun to his head.

“There’s ATMs in the lobby of the police station for a reason, go meet there next to the ATM and make the transaction there,” Postawko said.

It’s hard to tell if a Craigslist ad isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. Online, News 4’s Lauren Trager found ads asking to potential buyers to meet up—and bring bundles of cash.

And with at least another suspect on the loose, News 4 wanted to know what’s being done to catch them.

“The investigation is on-going and the investigation will continue to be,” said Postawko. 

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