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Craigslist: Thief advertised stolen goods, victim saw advert

By Anne Sewell     Feb 17, 2014 in Odd News
Annapolis - Craigslist sure does see its fair share of controversial news. The latest being a burglar, who advertised stolen goods on Craigslist. The owner saw the ad, posed as a buyer and got the crook arrested.
There is a lesson in here somewhere for thieves — you steal something, for goodness sake don't advertise it on Craigslist, or you will get caught.
A man in Annapolis reported a robbery to the Anne Arundel County Police back in January. Apparently a shed on his property had been broken into and several items had been stolen. Police didn't make any headway in finding either the burglar, or the missing items.
In early February, the robbery victim was browsing on Craigslist and couldn't believe his eyes. He saw an ad for what he was sure was his own missing property.
He immediately contacted the police, and with detectives as a backup, he posed as a buyer for the property and arranged to meet the seller at a business in the Annapolis Area.
When the unsuspecting suspect arrived to do his dirty deed, he was immediately confronted by the detectives, who not only recovered the stolen items, but also arrested the crook. The victim even managed to identify the man as a suspect, as he recognized him as someone he had seen on his property prior to the burglary.
Michael David Bojanowsky. 53, has since been charged with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, and theft under $1,000.
Police stress that should anyone find themselves in a similar situation, they should do as the victim did in this case — contact the police.
It does bring to mind a story reported on Digital Journal in August last year about a girl whose bike was stolen and a friend saw it advertised on Craigslist. The girl posed as a buyer and met the guy, asked if she could take it for a test ride and pedaled swiftly away, leaving the thief in the dust. Her story ended well, but you just never know what could happen.
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