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Police issue safety tips for sites like Craigslist

Published: Nov. 15, 2016 at 4:29 AM PST
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An armed robbery over the weekend has Reno Police warning the public about transactions on sites like Craigslist.

A man went to meet someone in a park after dark to buy an item from letgo.com; instead he was robbed at gunpoint. The robber is still on the loose. Secret Witness is offering a $1500 reward for information that leads to an arrest and prosecution in this case. If you know anything, call 322-4900 or go to

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To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, the Reno Police Department released some tips.

"Be smart about it; go to a well-lit place, a very public place during daylight hours or some place that you know has a camera system," Reno Police Officer Tim Broadway said.

You can even make the exchange at any police station.

"You can come down to the front desk, and just let them know you're waiting for someone to do a safe exchange for your property," Officer Broadway said.

He recommends always going during the day and never meeting at a home or workplace.

"Don't go by yourself, keep your cell phone with you at all times when you're there, let someone know you're going and when you'll be back," Officer Broadway said.

He also said to avoid large cash transactions.

"If you're going to have to go to the bank because you're purchasing something with large amounts of money, don't carry large amounts with you," Officer Broadway said.

He said going to a bank – not an ATM – is the safest way to withdraw money for your purchase.

Ultimately, the best thing you can do is to trust your instincts.

"If it doesn't feel right, and it doesn't look right, it probably isn't," he said.