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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Police are calling it a new phenomenon in crime. Stolen cars are showing up on Craigslist. They’re sold and then stolen again. CBS13 has more on this new scheme.

Police put out warnings about a number of Craigslist crimes, but this one takes a new twist.

“It’s a new phenomenon for us,” said Officer Laura Peck of the Sacramento Police Dept.

Two cars were stolen, sold online, and then stolen again, making a double profit for the car thieves.

Police say the cars were stolen months ago. On Sunday night they were both sold through Craigslist; one in Oak Park and the other in South Sacramento. The suspects then returned to these neighborhoods and stole the cars again.

“The two cases are very similar and they are going to be investigated as being related,” said Peck.

The suspect descriptions also match up. The Craigslist ads, which are apparently still online, offered the cars for a very low price, prompting police once again to warn online shoppers that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

“Anyone who’s looking to buy a vehicle and not doing it from a dealer, they should confirm the license plate and last four digits of the VIN to ensure that they match,” said Peck.

Both of the stolen cars have now been located and have been returned to the original owners. The second set of victims, the buyers, are out of luck in this case.

Police are reviewing other stolen car reports to see if there are more victims out there.

Comments (37)
  1. Jd says:

    this is crazy , you would have to be silly to buy a car for such a low price on craiglist

    1. Ted Koopen says:

      Hi, just read this and yes, sick people out there. I had my 1989 white Corvette lic# 2NCR891 stolen out of my garage located in Pioneer on 10-20-11and thought I would post this. She is in ultra mint condition “show car” with 46K on the odometer w/ bronze see through roof and asking the public for help. Not sure where she currently is but feel it is still in the Calaveras/ Amador locations.
      I have posted a large reward because home owners insurance does not cover the theft and I just lost “my girl” I have had for 22 years..What a loss!! Please help!! Contact 911 or Ted at 209 295-1740

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