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Cottage Grove police: Man robbed during botched 'Craigslist' phone sale

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A man told Cottage Grove police he was robbed at gunpoint during a late-night Craigslist sale gone bad.

An 18-year-old man called police about 11 p.m. Saturday night to report he was robbed in the parking lot of Target, 8655 East Point Douglas Road.

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The man said he was attempting to sell an iPhone he had advertised on the Craigslist online classified website. During the transaction, one of the two suspects pulled out a handgun. The suspects took the iPhone and ran around the building. Neither suspect was located.

They were described as black males in their late teens or early 20s, both about 6 feet tall with a medium build.

The robbery victim was not injured.

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspects. Contact detective Shawn Ebeling at 651-458-6055 or 651-458-2850 with information.

Police said when meeting someone for the first time, Craigslist suggests meeting in a public place, telling someone where you're going, bringing a cellphone with to the sale, being careful when buying or selling high-value items and trusting your instincts.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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