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Craigslist users in Fayetteville area robbed

Posted October 26, 2010
Updated November 2, 2010

— At least two people in Cumberland County who use the Craigslist.com online classified ad service have been robbed in recent days, authorities said Tuesday.

One man said he went to a house on Salmon Drive Sunday prepared to spend $450 on a laptop computer. A woman met him, but he said three men then emerged from the home and attacked him.

The men stole his wallet, the money he had brought for the laptop and and his cell phone. The thieves also stripped a stereo system from his car.

"Whenever they all surrounded me, that's when I felt it was too late," said the man, who asked not to be identified. "She already had the bag and she was opening it, and when she opened it, there was just books. She threw it down, and they immediately started attacking me."

The man was treated at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for cuts and bruises.

Deputies on Wednesday issued arrest warrants for Veronica Jenerette, 21, of 200 Perch Drive in Fayetteville, on charges of second-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Jenerette was described as a black woman, 5-foot-1 and 130 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She has tattoos of a cross on her face, a teardrop under her eye and the name “Christina” on her upper chest.

Anyone with information about Jenerette's whereabouts or any of the three men wanted in the case is asked to call the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500.

Deputies urged Craigslist.com users to meet buyers and sellers in a well-populated area and never at an unfamiliar home.


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  • NCSU2311 Oct 29, 2010

    Craigslist is great. Some of the users are braindead. Meet at a computer store not a house. Then you got fearmongers like GOFIGURE. I've bought and sold numerous items on Craigslist. I've never had one issue. Be smart people.

  • Go Figure Oct 27, 2010

    I have heard alot of horror stories about that CRAIGSLIST. You won't find me going anywhere near there.

  • khb Oct 27, 2010

    I use craigs list once a week. I do however meet people in public places and never give an address to my home. I will meet somewhere halfway. I say to help them out but it is also to keep me safe.

  • Fishman Oct 27, 2010

    I used Craig s List once to try and sell a small boat. 98% of the replies I received were scams. Will never use it again.

  • Pickupabook Oct 27, 2010

    Now ppl are using other areas of CL to commit crimes. Adult services already got the ax because of some dude was luring ppl to hotels to kill them. Hope these criminals don't cause all of CL to be shut down, b/c it really helps those of us who use it the way it was created to be used. Go troll someplace else, bad guys!

  • angimomma Oct 27, 2010

    What kind of dum#$% gives you their address and says hey come on over, we plan on mugging ya??? DUH! And why exactly have the deputies NOT made an arrest....or are they still trying to figure these brainiacs out too?

  • rdmcswai Oct 27, 2010

    kevboom - Apparently you don't remember when the very same situation you're describing actually happened. The woman was murdered when she went to pick up an item off of CL at someone's house. Google 'Phillip Markoff'.

  • udoowutchyalike Oct 27, 2010

    Well it seems they should be able to catch these t-?-u-g s, the victim has the address!

    You mean to tell me that word spearated by hyphens is considered offensive?? WRAL come on, get a grip!!

  • QTC Oct 27, 2010

    Most of us use signature lines which are added automatically to all outgoing E-Mail messages. Switch these from automatic to manual. Or,delete them whenever we do not wish to reveal too much about ourselves.

    Also, a lot of us use "throw-away" E-Mail addresses for Craig's List and other on-line services. (If you don't, you SHOULD, because when you answer an inquiry, you are revealing your real E-Mail address.) But unless you manually change your name on the sub-account, your real name will appear in the message header. At a minimum, do not include your last name.

    One other thought on Craig's List safety: A parking lot may not be a good "public place" for meeting a stranger. Directly in front of the store is better. Or consider the inside of a mall or fast-food restaurant. Everyone has distinctive shirt or jacket which will allow the stranger to spot you. Oh, and remember to remove your photo ID tag from your workplace. That way, you are taking control of your information.

  • axepack Oct 27, 2010

    My wife and I use CL all the time. We always go together to meet the buyer / seller and we almost always meet them somewhere at or near Crabtree mall. Tons of cameras, people and security makes it a pretty good place to meet.