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Posted: 12:46 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012
KTVU.com and wires
OAKLAND, Calif. —
A married couple who went to Oakland to buy a luxury car they saw advertised on Craigslist are out thousands of dollars after they were robbed instead, the Oakland Tribune reports.
The couple, who have not been named, were responding to an ad for Mercedes-Benz, when they were held up around 11:30 a.m., the newspaper said.
After meeting the man who claimed to be the seller of the car, the two were robbed at gunpoint during what they thought was test drive of the car on Interstate 580.
Electronic items and other property were also taken before they were forced out of the car.
After being robbed, the couple walked down an off-ramp and called police. Investigators did not say how much money was taken, but said it was several thousands of dollars.
Tuesday's robbery comes after Oakland police had previously issued a warning after a series of robberies of people responding to items advertised for sale on Craigslist.
Police said earlier this month that several people had been robbed at gunpoint over the previous several weeks after agreeing to meet a person advertising a car or an electronic item for sale.
In one of those robberies one man was held up at gunpoint of $6,500 when he responded to a posting for a car for sale.
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