Mounties in Langley, B.C., are asking for the public’s help in identifying two people suspected of pepper spraying and robbing a couple trying to sell jewelry on Craigslist.
The victims, who had listed a gold necklace and diamond-studded crucifix on Craigslist, had arranged to meet a potential buyer in the parking lot of the Colossus theatre at 1 a.m. PT on Jan. 27.
Police say the suspects grabbed the chain and pepper sprayed both victims before fleeing in their truck.
The suspects are described as a 23-year-old man, around five feet eight inches tall and 170 pounds with short light brown hair and a very short beard. He was wearing black pants and a hoodie.
The second suspect is a woman in her early 20s, about five feet six inches tall and 135 pounds with bleach blonde hair. She was wearing blue jeans and a hoodie with a yellow logo.
'It is under-reported'
The Better Business Bureau is urging people scammed through online consumer sites like Craigslist to come forward.
President and CEO Danielle Primrose says reporting crimes is the only way to determine the scope of scams that originate online.
“It is under-reported so we're really not sure if there's a big increase,” she said.
“But I would say that because there's more transactions and it's much more available it's going to go up no matter what. Unfortunately there's people out there really wanting to take advantage of you.”
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them.