Deputies: Suspect Used Craigslist to Rob Man

Lexington County, SC (WLTX) - Lexington County deputies arrested a man they say used a Craigslist ad to rob a man.

Officers say 28-year-old Justin Allen Penzes listed a car for sale on the online trading site. The victim saw the ad, and arranged to meet Penzes to buy the automobile, according to Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon.

“The men were supposed meet at a truck stop but Penzes called the victim to say he couldn’t make it because he was having car trouble,” Koon said. “After the victim arrived at a new location on Pond Branch Road to complete the transaction, Penzes pulled a gun on him and took some cash.”

A passenger was in the victim's car, and the two of them were able to get Penzes' license plate.  Officers say they arrested the suspect a short time later on Two Notch Road. 

This incident serves as an important reminder to complete person-to-person transactions in a well-lighted and well-traveled public place,” Koon said. “Consider using the parking lot or the lobby of a local law enforcement agency or a location that you know has a working surveillance system, such as a major shopping center.”


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