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Craigslist sale ends in armed robbery

Updated: February 14, 2014 6:15AM



A Naperville man who was attempting to sell his cell phone on Craigslist was robbed at gunpoint Thursday afternoon when he showed up at the buyer’s Aurora home.

Police said the 27-year-old victim was browsing Craigslist early Thursday morning, and responded to an ad posted by an Aurora man who was seeking to purchase a phone. The two talked, and agreed to meet at the buyer’s Aurora home where the $350 sale would take place.

The victim said he was told to drive to the 400 block of Blackhawk Street, and call the suspect once he arrived.

Police said the victim was asked inside the home by Tranon Meeks, 25, who lived at the address. Once inside, Meeks allegedly went to a different room in the home, and came back wielding a long-barrel rifle.

According to the victim, Meeks said: “You know what it is. Drop everything. Give me your phone, your wallet and your watch.”

The man turned over the phone, a wallet, two debit cards and a gold watch, worth $1,250.

Meeks then allegedly told the victim to unlock the front door and let himself out.

The victim drove to a nearby business and called police, who responded to the Blackhawk Street address. Police said the victim identified Meeks as the man who had just robbed him.

Meeks was charged with armed robbery, a Class X felony, felony possession of a firearm by a felon, and felony possession of marijuana, police said.



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