Two arrested in Tyler area Craigslist scam
Released by the Tyler Police Department:
On 08-15-2012 at around 4pm, the Tyler Police Department began receiving a series of thefts being reported by individuals who had responded to a Craigslist advertisement to purchase an IPad. (http://easttexas.craigslist.org/sys/3206688685.html ) The victims had all met the seller in apartment complex parking lots. The victims were presented with book bags containing paper notebooks. The bags were tied shut, delaying the victims ability to inspect the contents. Once the seller was presented with the money, he would flee the area, leaving the victim with the backpack. Three incidents were reported on 08-15-2012. Two additional incidents were reported on 08-16-2012.
Upon realizing the pattern of the crimes, undercover investigators responded to the add and set up a meeting to buy the Ipad. Working with uniformed officers, a sting operation was conducted and two suspects arrested for the thefts.
Arrested were Anthony Joseph Falbo, age 25 of Tyler and Kimberly Ann Bowman, age 25 of Tyler. Falbo was charged with evading arrest and class A theft. Bowman was charged with class A theft.
The Tyler Police Department would like to remind citizens to exercise extreme caution when conducting financial transactions with anyone they meet over the internet.