Police: Phony Craigslist Ads Lead To Robberies In Irvington, N.J.

Thief Uses iPad, Honda Civic To Draw Unknowing Victims Out

IRVINGTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — He’s a very cagey crook.

Police say a robber knew full well that people coming out to buy expensive items advertised on craigslist would have their pockets full of cash.

And as CBS 2’s John Slattery reports, he took full advantage.

The police released an image of the suspect on Monday. They said he used items on craigslist to bait victims.

“The Internet is allowing them to use modern technology. You lure them out and rob them,” Irvington Police Chief Michael Chase said.

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Police said the first of three scams took place on Carolina Avenue in March. That’s when the new iPad had just been released and on craigslist one was advertized for hundreds of dollars below retail.

Irvington robbery suspect

This is the man believed to be using craigslist to rob people in Irvington, N.J. (Photo: Irvington Police Department))

A would-be customer showed up and police believe the suspect fleeced him.

“He got robbed of a couple of hundred dollars and a cell phone,” Chief Chase said.

Police have grainy surveillance tape on Orange Place, where twice this month a Honda Civic was used as bait and the prospective buyer drove up.

“When the individual approached weapon in hand, he had the presence of mind to put his foot on the accelerator and got away,” Chief Chase said.

According to Det. Wayne Alston, the following words were spoken by a suspect who was holding a gun on May 7: “Give me your keys and get out of the car.”

Last Thursday, in the same area, the same Honda Civic ad attracted two other would-be buyers, both of whom were robbed of cash and a cell phone.

At that time, police said, a neighbor thought something was fishy and got a camera.

“Had the presence of mind to get a 35mm camera and got a very good shot of the face of the suspect in the commission of the robbery and that person called us,” Chief Chase said.

The suspect is said to be 5-foot-10 to 6-foot with a beard and 180 to 200 pounds.

Three Irvington men were arrested in January for using a similar scheme to commit a robbery in South Orange.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.


One Comment

  1. David Brier says:


  2. David Brier says:

    I’d love to respond to an ad and blow the monkey’s head off.

  3. the truth says:

    Please recognize that this article is newsworthy because it allows “you and I” to make more informed purchase decisions in the name of public safety. Race was not mentioned because race is not the issue. If you think it is, do you share the same skepticism when a serial killer takes the eyeballs of his victim and plays pool in his double wide trailer and happens to the white, what a surprise. Ignorance is comforting to some because it makes a complex world very simple…”black and white”. The truth is reality is most often grey.

    1. KPMc says:

      Sorry… you can’t give a description for people to be on the lookout for this creep, not include his race in the description and then say race is not an issue. If race weren’t an issue CBS would have included it in the description but backwards political correctness somehow makes that a fact not worth omitting.

  4. Thornquist says:

    I don’t see how this crook is especially “cagey”. Has journalism deteriorated to the point where reporters can’t afford a dictionary? Perhaps “crafty” was intended?

  5. Laura Saiter says:

    ah leave CL alone….they only write about the worst (and not common) incidents not the innumerable times people have been helped by this site.

  6. Beverly y Thomas says:

    In my opinion any one that deals with craigs list is stupid because people are up to no good and they have lost their credibility as far as Im concerned. Beware of all ads people.

  7. jaye says:

    It would help if the reporter mentioned what the hell the craigslist ad says inthe first place.

  8. roger says:

    just bring your own gun

  9. Nunya says:

    I agree. This is the worst article I have ever read.

  10. rc says:

    Never meet a stranger in a strange place to you. Bring others with you or meet in a place that is known and others know you at the meeting place for Personal/dating or business/interview/deal making. Do not give out personal information, time at work or where you live and work before you meet with any stranger.

  11. HARLEM GOING HAM says:


  12. Semra Yildiz Ozcag says:

    what kind of ad? this article does not make sense..

    1. SomeoneWhoCanRead says:

      Why does no one understand how a blurb works? Or how to click hyperlinks?

      Click on the “craigslist” hyperlink in the story for the full report (hence why they cite a source for the blurb).

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