Craigslist sale leads to armed robbery in High Point

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Police are looking for two men that robbed a man at gunpoint during a planned Craigslist transaction Thursday afternoon.

The victim, who did not want to be identified out of fear for his family’s safety, says the buyers were supposed to meet him in the parking lot of the Food Lion shopping center on Westchester Drive, but instead of meeting with money they pulled out a handgun.

“I’m always over-cautious about stuff like this,” said the victim, who has bought and sold items on Craigslist for eight years. “They flashed a gun at me and told me if I wanted to live give them all my money. I had a little bit of money on me and I gave it to him and he told me not to turn around and look and told me to go into a store.”

The victim says the two suspects stole a cell phone at gunpoint from a Food Lion employee just prior and even used the phone to contact him. Police have not been able to confirm a link in the two cases.

Investigators are following leads including surveillance video from neighboring stores. The victim says from now on he’ll be doing his Craigslist transactions in the public parking lot of a police department.

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