A robbery linked to Craigslist prompted police to urge consumers to use caution when meeting strangers to buy or sell items.
Wichita police Lt. Doug Nolte said a man had advertised an iPad on Craigslist and was contacted by a man who wanted to look at it. They arranged to meet near 13th and Oliver on Friday evening.
When the interested buyer took the iPad to look at it, he dropped it and produced a knife, police said. Two other individuals came up and grabbed the iPad and drove off, Nolte said. There were no injuries.
The incident follows a robbery in May when a man paid $1,600 for four empty iPhone boxes, also arranged via Craigslist.
With two similar robberies in two months, Nolte reminds sellers and buyers to meet in a public place and inform someone of your location.
"You need to make sure that you protect yourself when you do make arrangements to meet," he said.
Though the two men met in a public location, Nolte said he did not know if the owner of the iPad had made anyone aware of the meeting.
"If this would have turned out differently, that would have been a concern," he said.