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Sheriff's office creates "safe sale" zones for Craigslist buyers and sellers

Hillsborough sheriff creates 'safe sale zone' for Craigslist deals

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They are set up in the parking lot of all four of the sheriff's district offices. They are set up in the parking lot of all four of the sheriff's district offices.
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Earlier this year, Kaleb Williams became a theft victim, after advertising a paint ball gun on Craigslist, only to have it stolen when he met the buyer.

"Personally, I'm not going back selling stuff on Craigslist,” Williams said. “Just ‘cause I’ve been the victim, and I didn't think I would be a victim."

Williams is not the first to fall victim. In eastern Hillsborough County, there have been four robberies this year connected to Craigslist sales gone bad.

Mannix Santos was robbed of a smart phone at gunpoint.

“A couple of seconds after I came out of the car he pulled out a gun and took off with my cell phone,” said Santos.

The robbery happened at dusk, in a super market parking lot.

“I never thought about it, it never crossed my mind," Santos continued.

It may also not cross the mind of other sellers. That's why the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office is offering a "safe sale" zone.

They are set up in the parking lot of all four of the sheriff's district offices. The sheriff's office believes those locations are safe for anyone to do business.

“We use our parking lots for individuals when they want to exchange their children during child custody, so why not do it for those Craigslist transactions?” asked Sgt Steve Lewis. “It is a safe environment, it’s a safe place to be, we have a deputy here all the time."

It's too late for Mannix Santos to get his stolen cell phone back, but he thinks the offer by the sheriff's office will deter potential criminals from striking in the future.

“They will think about it, they will think about it twice, to do it in a place with all the cameras and all the police I don't think it’s a choice for them,” Santos said.

All four "safe sale" locations are in the patrol district parking lots.

There are three in Tampa:

*North 20th Street

*North Falkenburg road

*Gunn Highway

There is also one in Ruskin on 33rd Street.

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