EDMONTON - Another violent robbery involving an online advertisement has the Edmonton police warning people to take precautionary measures.
Police say that a 23-year-old male and his friend were threatened this week by three knife-wielding suspects who then robbed them of $3,200 in cash and stole his vehicle.
The complainant had arranged to meet the men to potentially buy a vehicle that was advertised on Kijiji.
Police say the suspects are believed to have abandoned the stolen vehicle before fleeing in a car.
The incident follows a report last weekend of a 23-year-old male being kidnapped at knifepoint in a west Edmonton parking lot and driven to Calgary.
That complainant had also arranged to meet two prospective buyers interested in buying a car he had advertised for sale on Kijiji.
The victim was able to successfully flee from his captors in Calgary and contact police. Two suspects and the vehicle were later located in Red Deer.
Earlier this year, Tim Bosma of Hamilton, Ont., was killed after taking two men for a test drive in the pickup truck he was selling.
Dellen Millard and Mark Smich have been charged with first-degree murder in Bosma's death, and both plan to plead not guilty.
Bosma's charred remains were discovered on a property owned by Millard.
Edmonton police say people involved in such purchases should always meet the buyer or seller in a public place with many people around, and avoid bringing large amounts of cash to a first meeting.
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Sign Waving Mannequins
As if normal mannequins aren't strange enough, imagine passing one that actually moves too. http://denver.craigslist.org/fod/3533328174.html
Someone must really love this fruit. Hey, you know what they say: "An apple a day..." http://prescott.craigslist.org/for/3509971807.html
Box Of Random Stuff
For only $10, you can get a box of random, unidentifiable junk. What a steal. http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/for/3507693247.html
Kids love the big purple dinosaur -- on TV. But a Barney that's as big as they are just seems frightening. http://worcester.craigslist.org/for/3480147219.html
Real Stuffed Arabian Camel
Okay, we understand taxidermy is a hobby for some. But a camel? That's just so sad. http://charlotte.craigslist.org/for/3532675109.html
Trophies From The 1990s
Just what everyone wants, cheap plastic trophies from sporting events they didn't participate in. http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/for/3533291604.html
40-Year-Old Cloud 9 Doll
There's just something about old, life-sized dolls that is always a little bit creepy. http://williamsport.craigslist.org/for/3466962641.html
Glass Head Of Corks
We're just wondering what the original purpose for this glass head even was. http://knoxville.craigslist.org/for/3514980316.html
Table Of Stuff
One man's trash is another man's treasure... or, still just trash. http://knoxville.craigslist.org/for/3515324412.html
14 Alien Abduction Books
If you're a litte, um, obsessed with the prospect of an alien invasion, these will keep you occupied for a while. http://westernmass.craigslist.org/for/3497770633.html
We honestly have no idea what this is or why anyone is displaying it in their home. http://palmsprings.craigslist.org/for/3466225614.html
A cat-lovers dream. Just be prepared: you'll have to smash this little kitty if you ever want to retrieve the money inside. http://columbus.craigslist.org/fod/3495512162.html
Ed Hardy Decor
Speaking of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/14/decor-trends-2013_n_2301245.html">decor trends we don't want to see</a> in 2013... http://watertown.craigslist.org/for/3485502473.html
Tree Climbing Spikes
If you're an avid tree-climber, these are for you! We're not sure if some people do this as a sport or hobby, but we'd definitely like to watch a tree-climbing competition if it exists. http://galveston.craigslist.org/for/3294589488.html
Cat Photo Album
This photo album is a cat lady's dream. And it holds 80 photos, so there's ample space to highlight all of your cat's finest moments. If your kitty does tricks, or maybe just got a new haircut, this is the perfect place to document it. http://southjersey.craigslist.org/for/3295920409.html
Life-Sized General Mills Characters
We always wonder about life-sized characters -- do people actually use these as decorations? We guess if you're <a href="http://www.generalmills.com/Brands/Cereals/Monsters.aspx">Count Chocula</a>'s biggest fan, you might want to check these out. http://rockford.craigslist.org/for/3292243147.html
Unopened Boxes Of Cereal
Forget clipping coupons--just head over to this person's home and pick up some secondhand cereal! At least they're unopened... http://newyork.craigslist.org/stn/hsh/3295690801.html
Hot Pink Fur Coat
The newest fall fashion staple is... a fluffy hot pink coat? If this doesn't scream high-fashion, we don't know what does. http://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/for/3262332006.html
Three Foot Leather Garaffe
The only place we can really see this fitting in is some sort of safari-themed room. Or, you could put it in your window to confuse anyone who drives by. http://mobile.craigslist.org/for/3280418624.html
Buy this grab bag, and you're stuck with everything in it. Interested in those stylish white sneakers? Well, you're also going to get the dog dish, Fourth of July Santa, fake fruit basket, and whatever else 'miscellaneous' entails. You'll have to decide if it's worth the risk. http://anchorage.craigslist.org/for/3249002301.html
Dragon Dagger Holder
We all have a dagger lying around that needs a place to be stored when we're not using it. This holder is perfect, and we're sure any guest in your home will be very impressed (or very intimidated). http://boise.craigslist.org/for/3247190884.html
Tarantula Cast In Silver
Talk about a conversation piece. Displaying this little guy in your home will definitely have your guests wondering where you go it. We recommend using the seller's story and telling them you caught it with your bare hands (you'll sound so brave). http://littlerock.craigslist.org/art/3231268394.html
Masquerade Bunny Sets
Next masquerade ball you're invited to, why not go as... a bunny? These masks will ensure you're the creepiest-dressed guest in the room. http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/for/3185522543.html
Large Clothed Wood Moose
Everyone needs a human-sized wooden moose, right? And luckily, he has adjustable limbs, so you can let him sit on a chair or lounge across the sofa just like he's part of the family. http://limaohio.craigslist.org/for/3222853271.html
Papier-Mâché Mini Dolls
We're not too sure what these dolls would be used for or whose home they would look good in, but we do suggest that anyone with a pediophobia stay far, far away. http://providence.craigslist.org/for/3209464193.html
State Quarter Bears
If you're one of those people who thought Beanie Babies would be worth a fortune one day, then maybe you're also one of those people who believes state quarters will be collectors' items, too. Unfortunately, right now, they're indeed only worth 25 cents, no matter how cute and colorful the bears are that hold them. http://tucson.craigslist.org/for/3248651436.html
We're not really sure how a broken fan can be useful in any way, but in case you're just looking for one to use as decoration, here it is! http://nashville.craigslist.org/for/3190575021.html