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Craigslist robbery suspects held

Two South Pasadena men suspected of robbing a man who answered a Craigslist ad to buy an iPhone may have committed similar acts in the San Gabriel Valley, authorities said Sunday.

Daniel So, 19, and Garrett Helstrom 20, were being held on $100,000 bail each at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Temple Station after they were arrested Friday.

The victim, a Lawndale man, agreed to pay $500 for the phone and arranged to meet So on Feb. 19 at a restaurant parking lot on Las Tunas Drive in Temple City. So allegedly pointed what appeared to be a handgun at the man and demanded that he hand over the money. After surrendering the cash, the victim ran away and was uninjured.

An investigation by the sheriff’s Asian Gang Team led authorities to So’s home, where they saw him enter a vehicle with another man, who was identified as Helstrom. Deputies stopped the vehicle, which was owned by Helstrom, and found a replica of a semi-automatic handgun and suspected stolen property.

So was arrested and charged with robbery and Helstrom was charged with aiding So. Deputies asked victims of similar robberies to call the sheriff’s department at 800-222-8477.

-- Carla Rivera

Comments () | Archives (6)

That's really strange - a $500 iPhone? AT&T, Verizon and the guy would have had a new device.

Yeah Nat, it's almost like the police found a way to inflate the number to meet a felony threshold or make a better headline.

You usually think that young people are a little more tech savvy.

Luckily, these knuckleheads didn't think about their browsing being traceable.

Thieves used to use the Recycler newspaper to find their marks, in the digital age they use Craigslist.

Nat & Jonah, it was probably an unlocked
iPhone. Those go for substantially more. Sorry...no cop conspiracy here, Jonah.

went to high school with these guys. they really do not deserve to be a headline, they are full time students and have ambitions of pursuing education. Neither are affiliated with gangs, and they are just two impulsive and pathological kids that tried breaking the rules and didn't get the desired outcome. These two suburb kids cant last a second behind bars and I recommend drug counseling and rehabilitation, even though the system doesn't run off opinions.


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