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Man's iPhone 5 stolen during botched Craigslist sale in Burbank

January 3, 2013 |  9:47 am

Approximate location of theft shown in red.

A man who arranged to sell his iPhone 5 via Craigslist was left phoneless and cashless after the would-be buyer grabbed the phone and ran, police said.

The man was meeting the buyer Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the parking lot of the 99 Cents Only store on West Victory Boulevard, Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said.

When the buyer approached the man, he asked to see the phone. As the owner took out the iPhone, the other man allegedly grabbed it and fled north on Brighton Street.

The suspect was described as black, roughly 19 years old, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing jeans and a black flannel jacket, Ryburn said.

“That’s why people should be real careful when selling items, whether it be [through] an ad in the paper or Craigslist,” Ryburn said. “Have people with you to ensure your safety."


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-- Alene Tchekmedyian, Times Community News

Map: Approximate location of theft shown in red. Credit: Google Maps