Sheriff's Office investigates Craigslist armed robbery involving stolen vehicle; tips sought

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: August 2, 2014, 7:34 a.m.


Media and Interested Parties


At about 10:40 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery at 27910 SE Dee Street in Boring.

On the afternoon of July 31, the victim, an adult male, found a vehicle that he wanted to purchase on Craigslist. He communicated with the seller via telephone, and they agreed to meet at a gas station in Boring after the seller got off work in the late evening. The buyer/victim agreed to bring the purchase amount in cash.

The vehicle's license plate was in the Craigslist advertisement. A check of that plate and the vehicle description match a stolen vehicle from Clackamas County, Oregon: VBW632. The victim was not aware of the stolen-vehicle information.

When the victim and his family arrived at the gas station at about 10:30 p.m., the seller called and told him to drive to "his" nearby home at 27910 SE Dee Street.

When the victim arrived, in the area he noticed that the home was dark.

They stopped in front of the home -- and when they did so, were confronted with two armed men with semi-automatic handguns.

One of the suspects pressed the handgun into the victim's forehead and demanded the money. He then tried to pull the victim through the window of the car. The other suspect tried to open the driver's door. The victims were able to drive away and immediately call 911.

The suspects did not obtain the cash from the victim.

The suspects are described only as two white males, possibly in their 20s, wearing dark clothing and dark masks.

Multiple units, including a police K9 unit, responded, but the suspects were not located.

It was discovered that the home where the victim had been directed is abandoned.

At this writing (August 2, 2014, 7:34 a.m.), the victims are not prepared to speak with the media. Should this change, we will communicate their contact information via press release.

At this writing, the vehicle is still listed as being stolen. Anyone seeing the vehicle should contact 911.

Detectives are working on leads associated with this case.

Anybody purchasing items via Craigslist or other Internet sites should excercise extreme caution in meeting the other party. Meetings should always occur in public places. Best locations have video surveillance and high volumes of traffic. Cash transactions present additional danger.

Craigslist has recommendations about safety and recommendations for avoiding scams.


We would appreciate any tips or similar instances regarding this case by using the CCSO Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the new online email form.


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Contact Info:
Sergeant Dan Kraus
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office


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