On 12/31/12 at 1015 am a victim had his vehicle taken from him at gunpoint while at his place of business in the 7800 block of E. Beck Ln.
Previously, the victim had listed his 2002 BMW for sale on an internet classified listing site. The suspect arrived at the victim’s place of employment and took the vehicle for a test drive with him. Upon returning to the work place the suspect produced a handgun, pointed it at the victim, and demanded the paperwork for the vehicle from him. The suspect then fled the scene.
Investigators discovered the vehicle at an apartment complex in the 5000 block of N. 55th Avenue in Phoenix. A short time later detectives found the suspect and took him into custody.
There were no injuries reported and the suspect was booked on a count of Aggravated Assault, Armed Robbery, and Auto Theft.
Safety should be of utmost importance when buying or selling items using an on-line classified listing site. Tips may include; meet in a public place to conduct the transaction, let others know what you are doing and where you are going, take someone with you to conduct the transaction, and have your cell phone handy in case of emergencies.