RENO, NV - A Reno woman is charged with robbery in a case that started as an apparent Craigslist scam.
Police say about 11PM September 16, they responded to the call of a strong-arm robbery in a parking lot on Plumb Lane. Police say the victim was trying to buy an iPhone from the suspect, who had posted an ad on Craigslist.
Police say the suspect wouldn't hand over the phone for the victim to inspect before getting the money, and when the victim gave the suspect money, the suspect handed over an empty iPhone box and tried to drive off. The victim jumped onto the vehicle and grabbed onto the driver side door. There was a struggle while the victim was holding on, and police say the suspect hit the victim, who fell off the vehicle, but he also got his money back. He was not seriosuly hurt.
Officers had responded to a similar call earlier in the night, but there was no victim or suspect when officers arrived. The suspect and vehicle description matched in both incidents.
Officers of the Reno Police Department Crime Suppression Team investigated the incidents and identified the suspect as 23-year-old Hillary Eisenbarth. They arrested her Monday, September 23 while she tried to sell them a table that also had been advertised on Craigslist, according to police.
The Reno Police Department would like to remind citizens of possible dangers when dealing with unknown people to purchase or sell goods. Craigslist also lists the following suggestions:
When meeting someone for the first time, please remember to:
• Insist on a public meeting place like a cafe
• Do not meet in a secluded place, or invite strangers into your home
• Be especially careful when buying/selling high value items
• Tell a friend or family member where you're going
• Take your cell phone along if you have one
• Consider having a friend accompany you
• Trust your instincts