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Rockford man robbed of gun after online sale agreement
Rockford man robbed of gun after online sale agreement

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids police are trying to track down the man who robbed a Rockford man during a gun sale.

Officers say the 53-year-old man met the suspect on a website for gun sales and agreed to meet him at an apartment complex in the 4000 block of Tangle Circle Drive SE to complete the sale of a handgun.  When the seller arrived around 11 p.m. Saturday, he could not find the buyer and began looking for him.  During that search, the buyer attacked him from behind and took the gun.

Officers have these safety tips for people using buy-and-sell sites, like Craigslist:

  • Complete as much of the transaction as possible via established sites that have built in safeguards (user registration, feedback systems, buyer support).
  • Conduct transactions in well-populated areas and during daylight hours.  Areas that are video recorded may provide additional deterrent to criminal behavior.
  • Meet in locations that you are familiar with.
  • Know who you are meeting, what they look like, and how they will be arriving to the site. 
  • Use a third party to complete the transaction if needed.  (In this specific case some Federal Firearms dealers may assist in a gun sale for a processing fee).
  • Criminals may target an over eager seller or buyer, in hopes that the desire to complete a deal will encourage risk taking.  As always, “if it seems too good to be true it probably is.”