If you live in the Colorado Springs area and you're told to drop off an item for sale on that city's Craigslist website at 854 Chapman Drive, think twice.
This number of thoughts isn't suggested at random.
Turns out that people trying to complete Craigslist transactions at that address have twice been jacked over the course of three days. Details and an interactive graphic below.
At 10:35 p.m. on August 6, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department blotter, officers were called to the apartments at 854 Chapman Drive on what's described as a "personal robbery."
There, the victim told the cops he'd been attempting to sell an item on Craigslist and had agreed to meet a potential buyer at the aforementioned apartments to complete the transaction.
The pair met out front, and after handing over the item in question, they went inside, presumably for cash. Instead, the suspect pulled out a gun and ordered the seller to leave the area immediately.
For fans of the CSPD blotter, this narrative is likely to prompt a case of déjà vu. A separate report reveals that officers had been called to the same apartment complex at 11:50 p.m. on August 4 for what sounds like an incredibly similar crime. In that case, the victim said he'd been trying to sell something on Craigslist, and after meeting a man at the 854 Chapman Drive address, the guy grabbed the item, brandished a handgun and told the seller to get the hell outta there.
The descriptions of the gunman aren't identical, but close. In the August 4 incident, he's said to have been an African-American male in his early twenties, approximately five-ten or five-eleven in height, with short facial hair. As for the guy in ripoff number two, he was described as an African-American male in his early twenties, but shorter -- about five-nine -- with a mustache and a "fade cut hairstyle." But in both instances, the rendezvous time was late, between ten and midnight.
One piece of advice from the cops: "The Colorado Springs Police Department recommends that any personal transactions being completed with people that you do not know be conducted in public places where there would be witnesses."
Good idea. Here's an interactive graphic of the area near the scene of the crimes.
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More from our Colorado Crimes archive circa October 2012: "Draton Mares, ex-Craigslist hookup, guilty in Globetrotters trainer Thomas Bashline's death."