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Search On For Craigslist ‘Seller’ Who Took Money, Pepper-Sprayed Would-Be Buyer

Craigslist Robber

Police say this man claimed he was selling a laptop computer on Craigslist, but instead just took his would-be buyer’s money and pepper-sprayed him in the face. (Credit: NYPD)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — On Wednesday night, police were looking for a robber who went on Craigslist telling people he was selling a laptop, but instead just took his would-be buyer’s money and pepper-sprayed him in the face, police said.

The victim, a 27-year-old man, had responded to the Cragislist ad for the laptop computer, and came to meet the victim around 10 a.m. on Dec. 26 at 1275 Lafayette Ave. in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx.

The victim gave the suspect $350, but the suspect did not give him the computer. Instead, he pepper-sprayed the victim and ran from the scene, police said.

Police have distributed a photo of the suspect.

No one was in custody Wednesday night.

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