Five Colorado Crimes With Ties to Craigslist

A Facebook photo of Billy Joe Delacey. Additional photos and more below.
A Facebook photo of Billy Joe Delacey. Additional photos and more below.

The shocking story of Dynel Lane, who's accused of cutting a pregnant woman's unborn child from her womb, has a connection to Craigslist.

The victim in the case is said to have responded to Lane's Craigslist post advertising baby clothes for sale.

This is hardly the first time we've covered crimes in which Craigslist was a component.

Below, see five examples from the past several years, featuring text from our original items.

Some of them are comparatively minor and even funny at times. Others could hardly be more serious and shocking.

Get the details below, and click on the headlines to see our original coverage.

October 27, 2011

The guy juggling two dates at the same time is a sitcom staple, and it's usually resolved in wacky fashion.

But a happy ending seems unlikely in the case of Kevin Gaylor, who gave this plot a high-tech twist — by reporting a woman he'd "met" on Craigslist as a burglar in a failed attempt to keep his mouse-work a secret from his girlfriend.

According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, a report of a burglary involving a suspect armed with a weapon was made from a four-plex on the benign-sounding street of Picturesque Circle. The Stetson Hills division responded in force, rolling out five officers to the location. They quickly nabbed the female in question — but it didn't take much questioning to determine that the tale being told had more than a few holes in it.

The woman told the cops she'd connected with the reporting party — Gaylor, age 24 — via Craigslist, and had headed over to his place to get "better acquainted."

Feel free to insert a "nudge, nudge" and a "wink, wink."

In the interim, however, Gaylor's girlfriend turned up unexpectedly, and was on hand when the woman arrived. So, presumably to cover his cyber-surfing, Gaylor allegedly phoned police and claimed his Craigslist pal was trying to commit a crime.

Police say the real crime-committer was Gaylor, who was taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor false reporting to authorities.

He's since been released. No telling if he's sharing his tale of woe with the aforementioned girlfriend, or someone from Craigslist.

Kathryn Lucas.
Kathryn Lucas.

November 10, 2011

Craigslist is a great way to sell stuff, whether it belongs to you or not. But eighteen-year-old Denzel O'Neal Crawford learned the service also gives ballsy crime victims the opportunity to reclaim their property.

That's precisely what Boulder's Kathryn Lucas did with her stolen bicycle.

Lucas told CBS4 she had locked up her Trek road bike outside the Lazy Dog on Boulder's Pearl Street Mall, then went inside to watch a game. When she came out, her wheels were missing.

Gone for good? Not quite. Lucas subsequently took a look on Craigslist to see if the bicycle thief was stupid enough to place it there for sale — and it turns out he was. She soon found a listing for her bike, complete with a photo that allowed her to make a positive ID, and decided to contact the seller while posing as a customer.

Before long, she was at Crawford's place in Westminster. She told him she was interested in the bike, but wanted to give it a test-ride. So she hopped aboard, started pedaling — and never came back.

Instead, she loaded the bike into her car, drove away and called the law on Crawford. Cops soon showed up, and the Boulder Daily Camera notes that he admitted to stealing the bike, according to the police report.

The story has since gone national, with CBS running the package on its network, and other outlets picking it up. Lucas, meanwhile, has gotten a new bike lock — one good enough, hopefully, to make detective work like the kind that led to Crawford's arrest unnecessary in the future.

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