Friday, May 13, 2011

Craig’s List: The haven for dirtbags and criminals

Received from the Meridian Police Department today:
Meridian Police Make Burglary Arrest; Ask for Public’s Help
The Meridian Police Impact Team arrested Venyamin “Ben” ELIKH (18) of Meridian along with three (3) juveniles between the ages of 16 and 18 for several residential burglaries.
The Impact Team is in its beginning phases and was made possible with a COPS Hiring Grant awarded to the Meridian Police Department. The Team is being developed to focus on specific criminal problems facing the Meridian community.
The Meridian Police Department believes this team of burglars targeted residences throughout the Treasure Valley.
The burglars would canvas neighborhoods handing out flyers for a lost dog and would knock on doors of residences. If someone answered the door they would tell them the story of the lost dog and hand them the flyer. If no one answered the door they would then check for an easy way into the house, such as an unlocked door, but at times they would force entry.
ELIKH and the others stole electronics such as computers and I-pods, cash, credit cards and really focused on gaming systems. They would then sell or trade the items through Craig’s List.
The group is believed to have been driving three (3) different vehicles. They were a grey 2003 Chevrolet Astro Van; a green 1995 Chevrolet Suburban; and a white 2000 Toyota Eco.
If you purchased anything from ELIKH or if you have one of the flyers distributed by the group or any other information in these burglaries, please contact Sgt. Stokes or Detectives Stoffle or Babcock at 888-6678.


slfisher said...

I don't think it's fair to pick on Craigslist for this, any more than it would be fair to pick on, say, a newspaper that ran for-sale ads. Do you check all your classifieds to make sure they're not fencing stolen property?

(Sorry, Craig was a friend of mine in San Francisco, and I hate seeing him picked on.)

Scott McIntosh said...

Yup, we do. We just turned one down this week because it was sketchy. This is exactly the point. We get so many requests for shady classifieds and we turn them down. Most of the classifieds we do run in the newspaper are from people who call us or come into the office in person or through email from people we know. Why do these always end up happening through Craigslist and not through newspaper ads? The proof is in the pudding, as they say.