An individual who was interested in purchasing a computer that had been advertised on Craigslist became the victim of robbery on Sunday night. According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Vista Verde Apartments on 3620 Verde Drive around 9:50 PM in response to a personal robbery in progress.
The officer's investigation revealed that the victim -- who was responding to a Craigslist advertisement about a computer -- was confronted by three masked men dressed in all black and carrying handguns. The men demanded money from the victim, who was able to flee from the building without injury and without losing anything of value, the department reported.
A 2011 report from the International Business Times indicated that Craigslist -- the popular classifieds website -- is a "cesspool of crime" in which anonymous online interactions lead to murders, robberies, rapes and assaults. In fact, the AIM Group, which examined national crime reports and local media coverage, stated at that time that Craigslist crimes were "everyday occurrences."
The Colorado Police Department advises the public that, when selling or purchasing something on Craigslist, the transaction should take place in a public area where there are witnesses.