MEDFORD, 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.