iPad theft caught on camera

by: Ryan Young Updated:


ATLANTA - Atlanta police are warning Craigslist sellers to be careful after a recent rash of snatch-and-grabs by a group of young men.

Enrique Santiago told Channel 2's Ryan Young he's glad to be OK and able to tell his story.

Santiago listed his new iPad for sale on Craigslist a few days ago and got a call within a day from a potential buyer, who set up a place to meet.

"I put it on Craigslist. I didn't think the location was safe, but I really needed the money, that's what made me go do it," Santiago said.

When Santiago and his wife arrived at the meeting spot, his wife said she had a funny feeling and began recording on her iPhone.

In the video, provided by Atlanta police, you can see the two young men walking over and asking Santiago to get the iPad out of the box.

"I showed them the iPad. They asked to see it. They asked me to take it out of the box, then they ran away," Santiago said.

Atlanta police Detective Euguene Johnson told Young that he believes the men in the recording have struck before.

"Over the last couple of weeks, they've been contacting people on Craigslist and trying to buy electronic items, mostly iPads or iPhones," Johnson said.

At least five people have had their Apple products plucked from their hands on the same block on Defoors Ferry Road.

Santiago said he believes someone will recognize the men from the video and call Crimestoppers.


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