Craigslist Ad Lead to Car Theft

3-31 rob web stolen carMEDFORD, Ore. — Sunday evening, a couple who claimed to be from Grants Pass came down to Medford to look at a car posted on Craigslist. Police said the seller had the car running as the two were talking about a potential deal, but then the buyer jumped in the car and took off.

The car was a silver 2002 four-door Subaru Legacy with black rims. Police said the car has now been entered into the national database as stolen. After the first suspect drove away in the stolen car, the other suspect followed behind in their vehicle described as a blue sedan.

Police said the suspects are described as 23-24 years old, the man was about 5-11 to 6 feet tall, with short brown hair. The woman is described as being tan or possibly Hispanic with shoulder length brown hair.

Police said Craigslist scams are common, but have not heard of a theft like this in southern Oregon.

“When you’re dealing with people on the computer or on the phone, you have no idea who they are. They could say they’re something, and in this case they just took that as an advantage and got in the vehicle and drive away. So, you have to use caution,” said Medford Police Sgt. Brent Mak.

Police said taking down a potential buyer’s information or getting collateral could be good ideas, but said riding along with someone if they want to test drive is most common.


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  1. Annie says:

    Doesn’t surprise me in the least. I use CL & the scams overwhelmingly outnumber the real posts.
    These people want 2 things. Your phone number & location. They can get the rest online. Facebook is very helpful there.
    Just because they SAY they are local & real doesn’t mean a thing. I got answers to my posts from a prisoner in Nevada but of course they said they were local & needed my info in order to make the sale.
    Don’t believe everything you see on CL . 90% are fakes! From “I want a _________” ads to free & for sale stuff. THINK before you do anything!
    If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Remember that.

  2. Julie Clemence says:

    My son was the victim in this car theft and there is more to the story. He served in Iraq and came back with PTSD. He has a 4 month old daughter and a 5 year old step daughter that he is trying to raise. The one thing that he really enjoys and loves doing is golf. In the car that was stolen were his prized set of golf clubs valued at around $4000.00. I am worried that a situation like this is going to send him over the edge and start him back at square one with his PTSD. The car did not have full coverage insurance on it since he owned the vehicle. So he is out $8000 for the car and $4000 for the golf clubs plus his phone was in there. I really hope they catch these people and if nothing else I hope the golf clubs turn up. This poor kid has been through hell and back and this is not what he deserved.

  3. Julie Clemence says:

    One other thing I forgot to mention in my earlier post, it is not a Subaru Legacy, it is a Subaru WRX Impresa, license number XES 683. I hope someone turns them in, I believe my son is setting up a small reward.

  4. Julie Clemence says:

    THEY FOUND THE CAR!!!!! An anonymous tip came in with the cars location. It has minor damage but otherwise in good shape, however the golf clubs and phone were not in the car. At least my son got his car back. I am so relieved about that, now if we can just locate the golf clubs.

  5. CitizenA says:

    Great news that they found the car and hopefully the golf clubs will make their way home. I hope people remember that Craigslist is not the culprit. It does provide a very good service and many have gotten some exceptional bargains.

    It’s not any different than placing a paid ad somewhere except you don’t have the cost of the ad. When newspapers held the bragging rights on classifieds, there were scammers then, just as there are scammers now.

    Common sense and caution are the key to both.

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