Friday, May 21, 2010

Craigslist diamond ad leads to deadly home invasion, police say

This story is old, I know, but I wasn't sure if I should post it because it is truly an awful story, and this poor family is probably going through hell right now. Having said that, it needs to be reported because we live in such a digital world that we have to be very careful what we reveal about ourselves over the airwaves.
From CNN Justice:
Four suspects have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with a home invasion that began with an ad on Craigslist, Washington state authorities said Friday.

Three of the suspects were arrested on May 1. A fourth suspect, Clabon Terrel Berniard, 23, turned himself in Thursday, police said. Berniard and the others are accused of killing a man on April 28 in Edgewood, a city outside Tacoma. They are charged with first-degree murder, robbery and assault.

The case began when James Sanders and his wife posted an ad on Craigslist offering a diamond ring for $1,050, said Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. Sanders arranged to meet prospective buyers of the ring at the family's home, the prosecutor said.

"Two people show up and act like a couple looking for a ring for the mother-in-law," Lindquist said. But once they entered the house, he said, the man posing as the husband pulled out a handgun.

I'm just glad they caught the bastards. What is with Craigslist anyway? No one has gotten killed or raped from posting on E-Bay. My husband says that's because no one gives out their address on E-Bay. But they have to give an address in order to receive the merchandise, right? I don't know because, I've never used the service.
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