Raleigh police say Craigslist ad for iPhone led to four armed robberies

By Ron GallagherAugust 7, 2013 

— A Craigslist ad offering a new iPhone for sale was a robbery trap that caught four people and also led to the arrests of three men on robbery and conspiracy charges, police said.

The three men were set for court appearances Monday following their arrests Friday afternoon and evening on charges that they used a handgun to rob the victims’ cell phones, cash and credit cards.

Aaron Gabriel Roberts, 18; Mikhayel Vauselassie Elliston, 19, and Trevejuan Demond McDonald, 17, were each charged with four counts of robbery and four counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Robert also was charged with resisting police.

Arrest warrants said two thefts happened on July 27, one on July 28 and the last on July31.

In each case, police reports say, the would-be buyers met the supposed sellers in a parking lot, following advice from law enforcement not to go into a secluded place to carry out a transaction.

All four thefts happened at night, however.

The first two, on July 27, were at an apartment complex parking lot at 3806 Brentwood Road, the reports say, one at 9:30 p.m. and the other shortly after 11 p.m.

One victim was a 51-year-old man, the other a 21-year-old woman.

The third person, a 58-year-old man, was robbed in the parking lot of a Sam’s Club store on Calvary Drive just before 1 a.m. on July 28, the reports show, and an uncashed paycheck was among the items taken.

The last robbery happened at a small shopping center on Poyner Village Parkway, just east of Triangle Town Center, just before 3 a.m. on July 30.

Roberts was being held in lieu of $751,000 bail, McDonald in lieu of $600,000 and Elliston in lieu of $251,000.

Gallagher 919-829-4572

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